Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the State of Osun has assured the people of the state that by the end of his second term in office, no school will be left with any dilapidated classroom or structure.
Aregbesola said with the spate at which his government has been building new schools, the era of unfit learning environment would be history completely after he might have completed his second term.
He spoke at the weekend when he officially commissioned three elementary schools in Ikirun, Iragbiji and Ila-Orangun with fun fare.
Students in school uniforms, guardians and parents trooped out to witness the unprecedented commissioning of the new schools with state-of -the -art facilities.
The schools are: Holy Trinity Middle School, Ikirun; NUD Middle School, Iragbiji; and St Julius Middle School, Ila-Orangun, all in the Osun Central Senatorial District.
Built in this same structural pattern, the middle schools, with a capacity to accommodate 1,000 pupils, have 25 classrooms, one large exam hall, 16 toilets, one audio visual room, ICT room and recreation facilities among others.
Addressing the gathering, Governor Aregbesola said with the commissioning of the schools, government has raised the stake by putting education on a high pedestal.
The governor disclosed that government is targeting provision of conducive classrooms for over 100,000 pupils before the end of the year.
He noted also that by the time all the new school buildings are completed, no pupil or student in Osun will learn in a dilapidated and haphazard classroom again.
The governor stated that part of the responsibilities of his government is to give the children in the state qualitative education from the foundation to high school.
“We are committed to developing both human and material capitals in our state. This explains why we have specially focused on the education sector.
“Where we are taking the state is far in terms of development. And we’ve just begun.
“Before the end of this year, more than 100,000 pupils/students will be accommodated in the newly-built school buildings.
“Before the end of our second term, no student will inhabit dilapidated structure in the name of a school all over the state.
“What we are doing by giving purposeful leadership sets us apart from other parties. And you will see that there is a huge difference between our three and half years and their own seven and half years.
“Today, our schools are wearing new look. The atmosphere in these new buildings are very conducive for learning.
“Coupled with this is the school feeding programme with aims at nourishing the body as well as develop the brains of our school children. This is what sets us apart from others,” Aregbesola said.
Earlier in her remarks, the state Deputy Governor, who doubles as the state Commissioner for Education, reaffirmed government’s commitment to standardising the education sector.
She said government will not leave any stone unturned in making sure the state’s education system ranks among the best anywhere in the world.
“This is our focus. This is our target, that our standard will not again fall to the level we met it in which less than three percent of our high school leavers are matriculable,” Laooye- Tomori said.