Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has closed more than 600 nursery and primary schools said to be operating without minimum standard requirements in the state.
The Commissioner for Education, Folorunsho Bamisayemi, revealed this during a press conference organized by the Ministry of Information and Civic Orientation on Wednesday in Osogbo. Mr. Bamisayemi said the closure of the schools was part of the government’s effort to sanitize the sector.
“We have declared war on mushroom schools,” said Mr. Bamisayemi. “We have zero tolerance for quacks in the system and schools that do not meet the required standard.”
He added, “We know the danger of mushroom schools because once the education foundation of a child is destroyed, it becomes difficult to build a solid structure on it.”
He stated that it was now compulsory for a school to have a Teacher’s Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) certificate, among other requirements.
“The vulnerable in the society is also a major concern for the governor, and that was how the issue of Osun Food Support Scheme came to be, with 30,000 people benefitting from the scheme monthly.
“We have ensured the credibility of the scheme through reliance on the World Bank verified social register to identify the vulnerable,” he said.