No Plan To Merge Osun Tertiary Institutions, Says Aregbesola; Speaks On Restructure Plan For State Institutions

By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo

Contrary to series of reports that are filtering in the media that Osun state government was planning to merge the tertiary institutions in the state, the government has said it is embarking on massive restructuring of the system so as to pave way for efficiency and effectiveness.

The state Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola while interacting with members of the state Correspondents’ Chapel at the Government House Okefia, Osogbo, confirmed stoppage of admission in all the four tertiary institutions including Osun State polytechnic, Iree; the College of Technology, Esa Oke; the Osun State Colleges of Education in Ila Orangun and Ilesa in order to achieve the desired restructuring.

He noted that the stoppage did not translate to intention for merger.

Aregbesola said none of the existing
schools would be obliterated out but they would witness restructuring for better service delivery.

Explaining why his administration was restructuring the tertiary institutions, Governor Aregbesola said about 70 per cent of secondary school pupils are unable to have requisite qualification to gain admission to tertiary institutions.

The governor noted that only about three per cent of pupils in secondary schools in the state were matriculable when his administration came on board in 2019 saying the performance level had increased to 21 per cent but the state is still not satisfied with the situation.

His words, ‘’Only about three per cent of Osun products who wrote the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination {SSCE} in secondary schools were matriculable when we came. With our efforts the situation has risen to 21.2 per cent and yet we are not satisfied with the 79 per cent who don’t have the needed qualification to move to tertiary institutions, hence there is need for us to restructure the system to accommodate them for remedial courses in existing tertiary institutions’’.

He added that restructuring became inevitable because the tertiary institutions cannot justify their existence presently adding that arrangement had reached top gear to restructure them to attain efficiency and effectiveness in the system.

“I went to the College of Technology, Esa Oke and I saw a deplorable state and I called the Governing Council that the situation must change,” Aregbesola added.

He then stressed that his administration’s plan would create access for remedial programmes in the two polytechnics to enable students make up for their deficiency and move on to regular tertiary education.

Clarifying that the schools would still retain their identity and would not be obliterated, Aregbesola said those who raised fear about possible merger should forget it.

On how the institutions will operate, Aregbesola explained that the two polytechnics would run basic study programmes for remedial courses while the two colleges of education would also create facilities for vigorous training and retraining of teachers who would work in the school system.

He added that the planned restructuring would witness more emphasis on skills acquisition and crafts while preference would be placed on faculty qualification and improvement of lecturers as is the practice in academic community.

He said admission to the tertiary institutions was stopped to facilitate proper planning and execution of the restructuring project.

The governor maintained that he was not merging the schools as reported saying “we are stretching the programmes to make the system more efficient.”

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