The State has organized its first statutory education stakeholders meeting, to discuss vital issues as discipline, collectibles, extra levy, compliance with COVID 19 protocols, among others.
Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Femi Agagu, said the State will not relent in its effort at ensuring that education in the state is repositioned to compete favourably with its peers across the world.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), Parents Teachers Association ( PTA ), National Union Of Teachers, ( NUT ), Teachers Service Commission, State Universal Basic Education Board, ( SUBEB ), Board of Adult and Technical Education, as well as Directors in the Ministry .
Also present were Association of Principals and Head Teachers.
The epic meeting took place in Akure, with the Commissioner explaining that the free education policy which the South Western part of the country was known for is still intact in the State.
He commended the stakeholders in the education sector for complying with Covid-19 guidelines in schools and charged them to remain commited to the upliftment of the education sector in the state.
Mr. Agagu pointed out that it was improper to send students away from school for failure to pay extra levies initiated by Parents Teachers Association, warning sternly that such action must stop forthwith.
He enjoined the stakeholders to join hands with government towards instilling discipline in the students.
Permanent Secretary, in the Ministry, Mr. Akin Asaniyan, called for collective efforts in making sure that Covid-19 guidelines are fully enforced in the sector, adding that defaulters of government directives on extra levy would also be sanctioned.
ANCOPSS President, Ondo State chapter, Mr. Johnbull Mebawondu, Chairman of PTA, Alhaji Abimbola Omoloja and representative of NUT, Alhaji Olayinka Kareem, all pledged to continue to sensitize their members towards ensuring that the education sector in the State is strengthened.
The meeting was called to fashion out modalities to end social vices in the education sector.