Osun State abolishes Aregbesola’s reforms in education, reverts to 6-3-3-4 system
Osun State on Wednesday finally abolished the last vestige of reforms in the state educational establishment by the immediate past administration as it reverts to the 6-3-3-4 educational system and abolished single school uniform for learners in the state schools.
Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode, who broke the news said the decision by the state government was based on the recommendations of the Education Review White Paper on the restructuring and remodification of some education policies.
Immediate past governor of the state now the minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola had collapsed the state educational system into 4-5-3-4 system against the adopted 6-3-3-4 across the country.
“Following consultation with stakeholders, the government has approved recommendations in the White Paper with respect to improving the system’s functionality for implementation.
“The implementation takes effect from the new academic year. Schools will revert to the national 6-3-3-4 education system as against the 4-5-3-4.
“Schools will revert to their original uniforms instead of the single uniform regime that has been in place. This is critical to the restoration of a sense of identity in pupils and to check the spate of indiscipline and truancy in our schools. Also, single-gender schools that were changed to mixed schools shall return to the old order, while schools shall also return to their old names.
“Governor Adegboyega Oyetola is committed to ensuring quality education in line with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) because an educated citizenry will assure our state with a greater future than its present. The steps taken by the Oyetola administration are strictly to build a better tomorrow for our children and ensure a state that will stand tall in Nigeria,” Egbemode said.
However, experts said the cost of compliance with the new system might be huge on the state and other educational organisations in the state, as all learners in the school would now be expected to purchase new uniforms, while those who have been transferred to difference schools will have to go back to their old schools.