By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
No fewer than 600 mushroom private schools especially at the primary level have been shut by the Osun State government for not meeting the state’s minimum standard requirements.
The state Commissioner for Education, Folorunsho Bamisayemi made this known on Wednesday, at the Inter-ministerial press briefing organized by the Ministry of Information and Civic Orientation.
Bamisayemi said the action was part of the government’s effort at bringing sanity and sanctity in the education sector of the state.
The commissioner also said that the ministry has introduced provisional prerequisites for those interested in establishing schools in the state.
His words: “We have declared a war on mushroom schools. We have zero-tolerance for quacks in the system and schools that do not meet standards. We know the danger of mushroom schools, because once anyone damages the education foundation of a child, it becomes difficult to build a solid structure on it.
“Starting from the ministry, we have reviewed our department of schools to ensure greater efficiency. We have segmented the department to supervise basic and post-basic schools.
“Anyone who wants to start a school must produce a TRCN Certificate, among other requirements. We no longer grant licenses just because someone has spare funds to spend.
“We have set irreducible minimum standards and also given provisional registrations to some schools, that runs for a window of two years, during which we ensure proper monitoring. If after two years, the benchmark isn’t met, it attracts outright closure.
“We are trying to eliminate quackery in the system and build a vibrant education system.”
He also stated that the ministry under his watch has been able to restore discipline to schools, thereby ensuring zero tolerance to hooliganism, thuggery, cultism and crime in schools.
Bamisayemi however said that the era of automatic promotion for students has gone in the state saying that students must pass the Universal Basic Education(UBE) Examination before they can be promoted.