The Executive Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has promised to spend at least ten per cent of the state’s annual budget on the education sector.
Gov. Makinde, who made the pledge on Monday in Ibadan at ther opening of the 34th Conference of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (VCNU), made it known that his administration would increase it annually until it matches the UNESCO standards.
He called on the universities and the citizens of Oyo state to serve as watchdogs by holding his administration accountable, adding that his doors were open to suggestions that would improve the standard of education in the state.
Makinde said his administration needs partnerships and synergies, especially in the area of quality control.
The Governor expressed his resolve to revisit a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which was signed between the state government and the Faculty of Education of the University of Ibadan (UI) about ten years ago.
According to him, the purpose of the MoU was to strengthen the inspection of curriculum delivery in public schools across Oyo state.
“The plan is to see members of the faculty conduct independent inspection of teachers in the discharge of their duties. This is expected to improve quality assurance in public schools in the state,” Makinde stated.
While noting that the quality of graduates produced by universities could be much better, Makinde stated that the quality of their products was commensurate with the resources at their disposal.