The Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in the Edo guber race, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu says the administration of Governor Adams Oshiomhole destroyed the legacy of education in the state.
Ize-Iyamu said Oshiomhole was busy building red roofs in selected urban and sub-urban schools when he should have built on the legacies of Dr. Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia, late Professor Ambrose Ali, his father, Chief Osayande Ize-Iyamu and others who developed education in the old Bendel State.
The PDP candidate said this on Tuesday while delivering a lecture at the University of Benin, titled “State of Education in Edo: The Way Forward.”
“The governor’s political slogan of “one man one vote” appears to have affected schools in the rural areas, as it has become one school one teacher.”
“Igbode Junior Secondary School, Erhurun in Akoko where has JSS1, 2, 3 has only one teacher. The secondary school has one principal and one teacher. Ikakumo Grammer School, Ikakumo, has one Principal and one teacher. Ikiran-Ile Secondary School, has one Principal and one teacher. Ugboshi Secondary School also in Akoko Edo has one Principal and one teacher. Urhonigbe Grammar School (JSS) in Orhionmwon, also has one Principal and one teacher. Ekpon Grammar School in Igueben, both Junior and Secondary has one principal and one teacher. The list is endless.”
“The aluminum red roofs for these schools is not bad, but it is good to put the effort into a correct trajectory in the sense that it is State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) money and a joint effort of the federal and the state governments where the former pays the lion share of the money.”
“The question is: is building or roofing the only component of educational development? How about adequate number of teachers, facilities, the environment, security, motivation to learn?”
“The programme on education under our stewardship will ensure that no Edo child is left behind. Edo State Government under our leadership will provide free and compulsory education from primary school up to the end of junior secondary school.”
“The Edo State education programme will be driven by a determination to train Edo people to be skilled and competitive both nationally and globally through the adoption of the use of modern pedagogical methods including ICT and multi-media platforms.”
“To this end, we will be biased towards science and technology, with particular emphasis on those courses that enable our youth to obtain technological skills that will enhance the development of the state.”