The Provost, College of Social and Management Science, Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Prof. Adeolu Durotoye, has described the large sum of money borrowed by the Osun State Government to build new primary and secondary schools as a waste of resources.
Durotoye, who is a governorship aspirant in Osun said this in an interview with our correspondent in Osogbo, the state capital, on Thursday.
He said that some professionals told him during a meeting that the state could spend N1.2bn to repair and make all the public schools in the state conducive for learning.
According to him, the state will have saved N30bn if the governor had opted for repair instead of demolishing many schools and building new structures there.
He said, “ With N30bn, the state government would have paid all the outstanding salaries of teachers and provide instructional materials to make teaching easier for the teachers.
“You will agree with me that the teachers will perform better if they are being paid their full salaries and everything they are now being owed. The productivity of the teachers would have increased and the students would have been performing better.
“But what do we have now? Osun State is now occupying 29 out of 36 states. Our state is now ranked behind many states that are classified as being disadvantaged. Our education sector is decaying and we need to revamp it.”
Durotoye said he would not organise examinations for teachers if elected the governor but he would ensure that teachers were trained and retrained in order to get the best out of them.
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