The Commissioner for Education, Professor Daud Shangodoyin, has maintained that pupils and students of public schools in the state who will be resuming on Monday, September 16, will be getting textbooks, exercise books and other education materials for free courtesy of the state government, the distribution of these materials will be to all public schools in the state starting from Wednesday, 11th September. The commissioner made this known while addressing newsmen after the state cabinet meeting.
The commissioner added that his Ministry would hold the symbolic distribution of textbooks and exercise books on 13 subjects as well as a compendium of past questions and answers to students.
He said the distribution would commence at the Bishop Philips Academy, Iwo Road, Ibadan and in Igboho for Oke-Ogun zone.
The Commissioner added that the compendium would be distributed to students of private and public schools, noting that the customised exercise books were started and completed by the Makinde government.
Shangodoyin maintained that the government would provide the running cost to schools upon resumption, while it would also begin to return N28 million to parents who have paid for entrance forms for secondary schools and Technical colleges in the state, just before Governor Makinde cancelled such payments.
He said: “We are taking stock of the teachers that we have. We have the mainstream teachers, the seconded teachers, the NPower, NYSC and PTA teachers, so we are in stock-taking to know how many teachers. We also want to know the distribution on the subjects.
“We also want to start off the extra-mural classes for SS3 students between Tuesday and Thursdays and weekends for them to be able to man the content of the syllabus. These are the plans we have for when school resumes on the 16th of September.”
The commissioner noted that the Ministry had made changes on the website of the Ministry, including the introduction help lines that citizens could call to contact the Ministry on developments that need urgent attention, noting that there were plans that will allow private schools use the Ministry’s resources through the website.
Shangodoyin also said that the Ministry would sensitise principals and school managers on the policies of the Government so that they would key into the education development plans of the Government, while it would also meet with heads of tertiary institutions in the state.