The Ondo state government has outlawed the distributions of any form of educational materials in public schools by individuals and non-governmental organisations, especially for political motive across the state.
The Executive Chairman Ondo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Akure, Mr Victor Olabimtan gave the directive while commissioning two blocks of four classrooms each built by the Oke Agbe Akoko Progressive Union (OPU) USA arm and some old Students Association of St George’s Anglican Primary School Oke-Agbe Akoko in Akoko North West local government area of the state.
According to the SUBEB boss, “as a responsible institution the state government cannot fold its arms, the other way and allow unscrupulous people to take advantage of the little kids in public schools by indoctrinating, inculcating and implanting in their plain minds wrong values and ethos that are strange to our cherished value system and ways of lives.”
The directive came against the backlash of an incident in one of the public primary schools where a donor with ulterior motive used the occasion of distribution of free exercise books to pupils to cast rabid aspersions on the authority and teaching the young minds wrong values.
To nib this in the bud and to safeguard the psychomotor ability of this pupils for constructive engagements, Olabimtan directed all Head teachers across the state to disallow anybody or organisation from distributing any instructional materials; be it note books, biros, rulers or erasers in schools without the written authority of the Board.
According to SUBEB boss, from now on anybody or organisation wishing to donate or distribute instructional materials to pupils in any Public Primary School in the State must write to seek the Board permission before embarking on such exercise which must be done under a new process.
“Having obtained the formal approval, which must be rooted through the Education Secretary in the Local Government, the donor must hand over the materials to be distributed to the Headteachers in the presence of representatives of the pupils preferably the Head Boy and Head Girl who will in turn distribute the materials to the pupils.”
Earlier, President of Oke Agbe Progressive Union, Mr Joseph Dahunsi, and Engr Bayo Adeniyi of the Old Students Association, commended their members for their swift responses to the call to rebuild the old building structures blown off by rainstorm in 2021. They promised continue to do their best for Oke-Agbe Akoko community.