Osun APC Tells Aregbesola’s Critics To Rethink

Osun APC Tells Aregbesola's Critics To RethinkThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun state has called on citizens who are loudly opposed to Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s reforms in the education sector to think again.

In a statement on Monday in Osogbo, from the party’s Directorate of Publicity, Research and Strategy, signed by its Director, Kunle Oyatomi, the party insisted that “no amount of reckless criticism of the state education policy can diminish its impact on educational development in the state”.

According to the party, “if critics and political opponents act blind and ignorant, intelligent and responsible people in the country and abroad have continued to acknowledge and appreciate Aregbesola’s achievements in that regard”.

One of such acknowledgements, the party said, came at the weekend, from the head of the Nigeria National Office of West African Examination Council (WAEC), Mr Isaac Adenipekun.

Speaking during a visit to the Governor in Osogbo, Mr Adenipekun described the Mega Schools Project of Osun as “second to none in Nigeria”.

He also described as remarkable and revolutionary, the development in education infrastructure innovation and content that the Aregbesola-led APC government has effected in Osun in the last six years.

WAEC Endorses Aregbesola's 'Opon Imo'
Head of the Nigeria National Office of the WAEC, Mr Olutise Adenipekun with Governor Aregbesola

He also described the knowledge tablet (Opon Imo) as a great development which has enabled students that are writing Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) to overcome most of their difficulties.

“These achievements have resonated throughout the country and beyond,” the APC claimed, adding that, “it has even won awards internationally”.

“The people of Osun should therefore stand tall over these achievements. They should not allow selfish politicians, and misdirected interest groups to diminish their pride through false claims, designed by the opposition to scandalise the Governor

“History will vindicate Aregbesola and generations of beneficiaries of his educational revolution in Osun, will in future, curse those who today are trying to destroy the governor’s good work.

“Already, WAEC, through its head of a National Office, Mr Adenipekun has endorsed the project as the best in Nigeria.

“Many more people will do so in the months and years ahead to the shame and discredit of the opposition,” the party concluded.

WAEC Endorses Aregbesola’s ‘Opon Imo’

WAEC Endorses Aregbesola's 'Opon Imo'
Head of the Nigeria National Office of the WAEC, Mr Olutise Adenipekun with Governor Aregbesola

The West African Examination Council (WAEC), has endorsed Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s policies, especially in the education sector.

Delivering a frame of endorsement to the Governor over the weekend, Head of the Nigeria National Office of the council, Mr Isaac Adenipekun, who led a delegation of the national management of WAEC to the Governor’s office in Osogbo, said Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s interventions in education is “second to none” in Nigeria.

Adenipekun said, “The ongoing revolution in the infrastructural re-engineering of the school complexes in the state of Osun has also caught the attention of all stakeholders in the education sector in Nigeria and beyond.

“The immense contribution of the state government in the development of infrastructural facilities in schools, in particular, the “Mega Schools Project” is remarkable. It is in fact second to none in Nigeria”, he stressed.

WAEC Endorses Aregbesola's 'Opon Imo'

Adenipekun said Osun has contributed significantly towards enhancing Information and Communication Technology, ICT required in education sector which according to him remains the prerequisite to development of quality education in the country.

Adenipekun, who recommended the Tablet of Knowledge to other states of the federation said the initiative had contributed towards educational development.

He described the innovation as a tool of educational revolution, breakthrough aimed at enhancing and encouraging the process of teaching and learning through the use of innovative technology.WAEC Endorses Aregbesola's 'Opon Imo'

“We are particularly proud of the landmark achievement and the major breakthrough of the current administration in Osun most significantly in education sector by the introduction of the ground breaking ‘Tablet of Knowledge’ also known as “Opon Imo” to students of the state at secondary level.

“As we commend the efforts of Mr. Governor on the landmark achievement and major breakthrough of his administration in education most importantly on the widely applauded ‘Tablet of Knowledge’ which had improved and encouraged teaching and learning, we equally recommend other states to key into this initiative so as to improve the education sector,” he added.

Governor Aregbesola who described “the Tablet of Knowledge” as a panacea to education revolution, said the state had recorded national and international awards on the initiative.

Commending WAEC for maintaining education standards in the country, Governor Aregbesola said the examination body had contributed tremendously in raising the standards of education in the West African sub-region.

WAEC Exam: Osun Says Students’ Performance Reflects Input

JAMB Act, ASUU, AmendmentOsun State government on Friday said the 46.30 per cent performance of its students in the 2016 West Africa Examination Council Examinations confirms its huge investment in the education sector.

The government said that for a state that once fell to a woeful six per cent performance prior to the Rauf Aregbesola’s administration to move up to 46.3 per cent aptly illustrated the fact that the government’s various interventions in education were paying off.

A statement by the Bureau of Communication and Strategy in the Office of the Governor says the government is not yet satisfied or resting on its oars until the state emerges the best state in the country in external examinations.

The statement, signed by the Bureau’s Director, Semiu Okanlawon, noted that the 2016 WAEC results indicate that the 2016 performance rating remained the highest and the best in 13 years.

In 2015, results of the WASCE showed that Osun ended up with 21 per cent in performance.

The details of the results from West Africa Schools Certificate Examination (WASCE) showed that Osun presented for the examination, a total of 36,678 students with 18,318 males and 18,360 females.

Out of these, 8,329 males secured credits in at least five subjects including English and Mathematics while 8,654 females candidates secured credits in English and Mathematics totaling 16,983 that got five credits with Mathematics and English.

Gradual Upward Movement

The state had registered 48,845 candidates the previous year, 2015 with 25,347 males and 23,498 female candidates.

Out of these, 5,314 male candidates got five credits and above in Mathematics and English while 5,276 female candidates secured at least five credits, including Mathematics and English, making a total of 10,590 to make the 21.68 per cent performance of 2015.

The Bureau said Osun, under Aregbesola’s administration had recorded gradual upward movement from the abysmal performances due to the various interventions in the sector.

“For instance, the state has discouraged enrollment of students whose performances in internal examinations were nothing to write home about. This has compelled many of the students to change their orientations towards learning.

“Other novel interventions such as provision of stand-alone Tablet of Knowledge (Opon Imo) to all students writing WAEC each year has made learning much easier.

“With the introduction of this tablet, students now spend quality times both in and out of classroom situations.

“The result is that there is no dull moment for every student who is desirous of true education,” the Bureau’s statement read.

Better learning environment, the statement identified, had also contributed in no small measure to the improved results.

“So, far, Osun has completed 1,694 classrooms in the existing elementary, middle and high schools; providing accommodation for 84,700 pupils at 50 pupils per classroom.

“We have provided for them more than 100,000 desks and chairs, toilets and boreholes.

“Today, the Wole Soyinka Government High School, Ejigbo, Ataoja Government School of Science, Osogbo, Osogbo Government High School, Osogbo and Adventists Government High School Ede have been completed, with Ilesa Government High School, Iwo Government High School, Unity/Fakunle Government High School, Osogbo and others near completion,” the statement added.

Ebola: Osun Govt Moves Schools Resumption To October 6

Schools resumptionThe Osun State Government has directed all public and and private Schools in the State to reopen for the year 2014/2015 academic activities on Monday, October 6, 2014.

The announcement comes as the Federal Government and the Nigeria Union Of Teachers (NUT) continue talks on whether or not to resume on September 22, the schools resumption date set by the Federal Ministry of Education.

A statement signed by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori, who doubles as the Commissioner for Education, said that this would enable both principals and teachers to receive adequate training and put in place all necessary measures to prevent the Ebola epidemic in schools and in the state in general.

She assured the people of the State that Osun is Ebola free. She called on school managers to ensure daily practical demonstration of hand washing by the pupils and students, including teachers.

She emphasized the need to maintain the culture of hygiene.

My Re-election Bid Is In The Interest Of The People Of Osun – Aregbesola

The Governor of the State of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola, has stated that his decision to seek re-election into office is in the interest of the people of Osun.

‘View From The Top’ on this edition plays host to the Governor of the State of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola, where he spoke about his re-election bid.

Reeling out what he considers his achievements since becoming the governor of the state, the Governor said that his administration has been “people centred” and it would be difficult for them “to abandon the people mid-stream”.

He noted that the best way to pursue his administration’s objective about governance “is to run the whole span of the mandate permitted by the constitution, as that gives enough time to meet their aspirations. He then added that it is in the interest of the people that he is seeking re-election into office.

Governor Aregbesola has made the news lately for his educational reforms in the state and he took time to shed more light on the details of the government’s innovations, including the introduction of the ‘Opon Imo’.

Among other things, Governor Aregbesola also spoke about his administration’s proposed creation of new Local Government Areas, to be known as Local Council Development Areas.

Osun Govt Donates Opon Imo to Teachers

The Osun State government has commenced the distribution of the ‘Tablet of Knowledge’ otherwise referred to as the “Opón Ìmò” to teachers of Grade 12 level of the public secondary schools across the state.

At the flag- off ceremony at Ilesa high school in the state, the deputy governor, Titi Laoye -Tomori said that the introduction of the Opón Ìmò was to ensure that all students and the teachers were integrated into the knowledge based society which the world is fast becoming.

The ceremony brought together over 250 teachers from the public secondary schools across Ijesa, stakeholders in the education sector and parents of the students.

It’s the first time the teachers of Grade 12 will be receiving the Tablet of Knowledge, also known as the Opón Ìmò in Yoruba language, to aid teaching and learning in schools.

The distribution is to further help the Grade 12 students who had earlier been given their Opón Ìmò to prepare for the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination.

The teachers say the device, which contains 56 textbooks recommended by the Federal Government of Nigeria, past questions for West African Examination Certificate and Joint Admission Matriculation Board examination among others, will usher in a modern method of teaching and learning which would ultimately reflect positively on the result of the students

The Opón Ìmò, “Tablet of Knowledge”, is a stand-alone e-learning tablet that provides the senior secondary students with the learning materials required to prepare for school leaving examinations. It provides 3 major content categories; Text Books, Tutorials and Practice Question.

Opon Imo Will Save Osun N8.4 billion Of Textbook Procurement Costs

The State of Osun on Monday took a giant step in its effort to tackle mass illiteracy and ease learning process in senior secondary schools across the state with the launch of Opon Imo.

Opon Imo also known as the tablet of knowledge is an e-learning device, the first if its kind in Nigeria provided by the state government to equip students with knowledge and make it easier for them to pass school leaving certificates examination.

According to the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf ARegbesola, the journey of the electronic device adapted for education purpose, was conceived in 2011.

He revealed that Opon Imo specifically meant for senior secondary students, will help ease the challenge of external examination and it will also save the state about N8.4 billion annually in textbook procurement costs.

The Governor also stated that the device will ease the students of carrying loaded backpacks of books which according to research result in back pains for the students.

Opon Imo is a standalone, educational, multimedia e-learning content platform that comes with pre-loaded applications for WAEC and JAMB approved text books.

Secondary School Students Get Free Computer Tablets In Osun

The government of Osun state on Tuesday commenced the distribution of free computer tablets otherwise known as ‘Opon Imo’ (tablet of knowledge) to students in the state’s Senior Secondary Schools.

The distribution kicked off at Ataoja School of Science in Osogbo, the state capital, where about 387 students in SS 2  were given the mobile device.

The ‘Opon Imo’ contains apps such e-book library, integrated test zone and 17 virtual classroom subjects to enhance e-learning for the students.

The tablet with its technology enhanced learning platform  is expected to complement efforts of the teachers and students for better performance in learning and teaching.

Opon Imo also contains past questions and additional traditional subjects, as well as the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO) syllabuses.

Speaking to Channels Television, elated students and teachers admitted that the Opon Imo will go a long way in preparing the students for external examinations.

The government has said the learning device would be given to students in SS 1 to SS 3 in all its secondary schools.