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Group plans symposium to address education policy issues in Osun

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Worried about the current spate of misrepresentations and tension being created around the Osun public school policy, a group of concerned citizens of the state has concluded plans to host a symposium in Osogbo where all stakeholders would be availed the opportunity of dissecting all the components of the policy.

The proposed symposium which is scheduled for the first week of March 2014 in Osogbo will seek to dissect the various components of the much maligned Osun policy on public school management with a view to enhancing public understanding and appreciation of its desirability.

The symposium will also serve as a platform for constructive engagement of critical stakeholders to ensure the non-derailment of the noble vision behind the policy formulation.

Abraham Oluwanishola, publicity secretary, Osun Peace Movement, in a release said it was unfortunate that a unique and rich policy that could have translated into a national strategy for bail-out of the shambolic public school sector, has suddenly assumed religious and political colourations, fuelled largely by mischief and partisanship.

Oluwanishola observed that current trend of discussion relating to the Osun School system in circles expected to churn out informed opinions continued to focus solely on the reclassification of schools and an attempt to rubbish the wider public spirit and mission of the policy.

He then urged well meaning Osun indigenes to shun sentiments and support the effort to create a new public school order in the state for the future of Osun children.

He further disclosed that behind the new education drive by the Rauf Aregbesola-led administration is the pursuit of reform, sound management and welfare as well as “a restructured education administration modality which involves creating specialised agencies to address key components in public schools management,” he said.

By: KELECHI EWUZIE