Olawale Jelili, Ile+Ife
The Oduduwa College Old Students’ Association, Ile-Ife has flayed the underfunding of education in the state.
The association at its annual general meeting made this known through it Secretary General, Mr Yekeen Ibrahim in an interview with our correspondent.
According to him, the standard of education in the state is reducing drastically owing to politicisation of education.
“Government apathy to education is affecting the sector, instead of seen it as a veritable tool to change society, people it as venture”.
Ibrahim noted that government has over the years relegated education to the background by underfunding it through draconian policies.
He said the meagre 8 percent budgetary allocation to education is worrisome which cannot take the section to anywhere.
Ibrahim noted that education should not be seen as profit making venture but most powerful weapon to change the world through investing massively on education.
He opined that political elites are deliberately toiling with the future of innocent children.
Speaking on the contributions of the association to the development of education in the state, he said the association has built hall, renovated several buildings in the school such as computer and science laboratory, given scholarship to best students among other developmental projects which aimed at improving students education in Oduduwa College.
” The present education is the best because students are exposed to a lots of modern technologies which are the needs of 21st century education. The students will perform better if exposed to better learning, they can access information themselves”.
“Government pay less attention to education but relied more material gain, and demotivated education workers”.
He enjoined government to improve quality of teachers through training and retraining and motivation instead of abusing them.
Also, Prince Adefiranye decried the state of education in the state, described it as terrible.
He said, though, government is trying its best but the association has been complementing government efforts to take to its enviable height”.
we are planning to give scholarship to students up to university level. A lot of projects had been executed aimed at improving standard of education in Oduduwa College, including distribution of teaching and learning materials, Adefiranye said.