A gubernatorial hopeful in Oyo state Abideen Olaitan Olaiya has attributed introduction of levy by the state government for students in Public schools as one of the factor responsible for increasing rate of drop outs from schools in the state.
Olaiya an associate professor who is seeking to be governor of Oyo state under Accord party lamented the state of education in the state and assured that if he becomes the governor In the state he will make the education free and compulsory up to the basic level.
He noted that ” An average student going to public schools in Oyo state they are paying nothing less than N6000 in a session, the government charges 3000 and the schools management also add money for development and other things and as low as that N6000 there were many drop out because they cannot afford it”
“The same things with the state of infrastructural facilities for schools, just last month I was at my Alma matter Olubi memorial Grammar school it is the old students that went to floor the schools it was dusty, there were classrooms with no ceilings , and leaking roof, but they are showing another thing in the media , they show model of schools on the internet for people school .”
“ In our school days children attends public schools and make good results today they are not making good results what Oyo state is banking upon is the effort of some of us who established private schools, so when you see Oyo state making good result from WAEC or NECO go and check very well most of them are result of private schools that were made in abundance in the state”
it is unfortunate that majority of people who are making it difficult for people to be educated are products of free education, schorlaship and sponsorships even to study abroad.
“If I am the governor I am going to ensure free compulsory and education up to the basic level, that is what I also enjoyed in my school days during Bola Ige regime , if I cannot give more that that It will not be less than that if I become the governor.”
Speaking on his plan for Agriculture, the varsity don said Agriculture is the foundation of development, it is not about food alone it is about development no nation developed beyond Agricultural status , the first security that will come to a nation is food security, it is when those nation are fully secured in food because they diverted into o0ther things
“I am going to do agricultural Revolution, I am going to revolutionalise agriculture in which everybody in the business will be proud to be a farmer”
“We have always been doing things the same way and we are looking for different results and I have always come to realized that we can never get a desired result unless we do it the other way round.”