Osun Govt. shuts 600 illegal nursery, primary schools

The Osun Government says it has shut more than 600 nursery and primary schools operating without minimum standard requirements in the state.

The Commissioner Education, Mr Folorunsho Bamisayemi, said this an inter-ministerial news conference, organised by the Ministry of and Civic Orientation on Wednesday in Osogbo.

Bamisayemi said that the closure of the schools was part of the state government’s effort to sanitise the sector.

He said: “We have declared a war on mushroom schools.

“We have zero tolerance quacks in the system and schools that do not meet the required standard.

“We know the danger of mushroom schools, because once the education foundation of a child is destroyed, it becomes to build a solid structure on it.”

Bamisayemi said that it was now compulsory anyone that wanted to establish a school to have a ’s Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) Certificate, among other requirements.

Also speaking, Mr Olalekan Badmus, Commissioner for Regional Integration and Special Duties, said government was feeding more than 30,000 vulnerable persons on a monthly basis under its support scheme.

Badmus said that the state government was spending more than N100 million on the support scheme every .

“The vulnerable in the society are also a major concern for the governor, and that was how the issue of Osun Support Scheme came to be, with 30,000 people benefitting from the scheme monthly.

“We have successfully implemented the scheme over three months, and we have done rice component and semovita.

“We are also looking the possibility of having a ‘combo’ package that  break the monotony of one food component.

“We have ensured the credibility of the scheme through reliance on the verified social register to identify the vulnerable.

“We have also ensured feedback mechanism to monitor the effectiveness of this scheme,” Badmus said. (NAN)