AAC Guber Candidate, Eniola Otasanya-Martins Condemns Standard Of Education In Ogun State
Gubernatorial candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in Ogun State, Mrs. Eniola Otasanya-Martins has condemned what she described as dilapidated state of infrastructures, limited classrooms for learning and a poor learning condition in the state.
Otasanya-Martins then promised to declare a state of emergency in the education sector of the state as Governor.
The politician revealed in a chat with journalists that once she takes over the mantle of leadership from the incumbent Governor Ibikunle Amosun on May 29, 2019 educational development would be her major programme in her first 100 days in office.
“Without free and compulsory primary/secondary education the future of the state was not guaranteed and that the time to fix that is now or never.”
According to her, the state government would build more classrooms, recruit more professional teachers as well as provide retraining programmes for the teachers.
She observed that there are schools with 600 pupils to two teachers and one headteacher in Yewa area of the state.
“How can any student learn in an environment such as this. As if that was not enough, the school I visited had between 100 and 120 students in each classroom.
“There are some towns in Ifo Local Government area of the state, where the nearest secondary school to the residents is about 10 kilometres.
“These conditions are harsh and they would naturally prevent the students from having the required experience and standard,” she said.
The governorship candidate promised to mobilise the teachers to diligently deliver their primary responsibility to the state and to the students.
She noted that without free and compulsory primary/secondary education the future of the state was not guaranteed and that the time to fix that is now or never.
While saying that charity begins at home, she said that training of the children would guarantee the future of the state.
Her words: “What Ogun State needs urgently as soon as possible is beyond provision of anyhow classrooms, but provision of conducive classrooms and conducive environment for the teachers to deliver their primary task.”
Otasanya-Martins said that she would change the status quo in education within her first 100 days in office, and that the students in the state would perform better in WASSCE/NECO examinations under her leadership.
She frowned at how Ogun State, which she called the frontliner in education in Nigeria, became number 22 in WASSCE and NECO examinations.
The politician subsequently promised to raise the bar and ensure that the state ministry of education is strictly manned by academic technocrats, who would perform their duties without undue interference