By Odunayo Oluwabukola, Ibadan
The Oyo State Government has reiterated its commitment to ensuring access to inclusive quality education for children in basic schools in the state, through its program, Basic Education For All (BESDA – AF -TESS).
The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Salihu Adelabu , while speaking at the National Basic Education in Nigeria BOOTCAMP (BEN) Summit in Uyo , Akwa Ibom State, noted that Governor Seyi Makinde led administration was committed to delivering qualitative education at all levels.
Speaking further at the summit themed” Improving Access to Inclusive Quality Education for All Children in Nigeria : Towards Achieving SDG 4, Prof. Adelabu, explained that education remains one of the pillars that the present administration rests on in the state.
He noted that knowledge acquired during the summit as well as solutions proffered on various issuess will be reviewed for implementation in Oyo state.
Prof .Salihu maintained that the use of technology in basic schools across the country would assist in strengthening basic education in Nigeria.
While enumerating vital issues responsible for excellent learning outcome in school, the commissioner said the Oyo state government will address identified issues holistically to improve access to quality basic education in the state.
According to him, I represent my state to enhance the growth of access to inclusive quality basic education in Oyo State and beyond.
‘Lot of techniques on digital classroom, access to foundational literacy and numeracy skills, teacher and professional development policy.
Also, equity and social inclusion for students with special needs, educational data, reporting, financing, governance, gender, security and safety issues, use of technology, etc. are issues that will strengthen basic education in Nigeria.
“In Oyo State, we will address all these issues holistically to improve access to quality basic education.
The summit had in attendance, the commissioners for education from Osun, Lagos, Nasarawa, Jigawa , Adamawa , Zafara and Akwa Ibom states.
Also in attendance was the Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Oyo State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Bamidele Odekunle.