By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Principals and students of public schools in Osun State have commended Governor Adegboyega Oyetola for the reversal of single uniform regime across the State.
The students and their teachers had on Thursday lined up in less than a kilometer from Akindeko Street, Alekuwodo, Osogbo, where the commissioning ceremony of the Road Network of Alekuwodo was holding, to show their appreciation to the governor.
It will be recalled that as part of the review of some extent education policies in the State, the government had announced that every school should return to its old established and recognised public uniform with effect from the 2020/2021 academic session, as against the single uniform practice in the State.
Commenting on the new policy, Mrs Oluyinka Ajadi, the Principal Salvation Army Gramma School, Alekuwodo, described the efforts of Governor Oyetola as a multi-pronged approach that addresses concerns in both education and security.
Ajadi said: “We really appreciate the efforts of the Governor in returning the uniform of each school to its former state. Now we can identify our students better especially in a school that is largely populated. We have had instances of miscreants causing havoc across schools in the past, but that is a thing of the past now. Besides, the students really love the idea of the uniform change.”
Mrs Adeleke Florence Adeola, the Principal II of Salvation Army Grammar School also appreciated the kind gesture of Governor Oyetola, adding that the reversal to the old uniforms of schools has added colour and beauty to the general tone of their school.
In her words: “The uniform change has among other things reduced hooliganism drastically in just two weeks of its implementation. This tells us how important and strategic the policy is. The uniform change is just a metaphor for the commendable interventions of Governor Oyetola, especially in the area of Teachers’ welfare. Without doubt, motivated teachers will translate to better and qualitative deliveries in the State”, Adeleke stated.
Also, Alhaji Shittu, the Principal of Olutimehin Grammar School, Osogbo, described the uniform change as the most appropriate and strategic option in a socio-cultural context like Osun and Nigeria.
“The uniform change shows the true identity and uniqueness of each school. With that, indiscipline has now been curtailed to a good degree and we are hopeful that indisicipline will be totally eradicated in our schools soon. Now, students are even more conscious of their activities, careful to only promote the positive image of their schools. Now, there is healthy rivalry among schools because no school wants to be identified with any negativity.
“As a major stakeholder in basic education, I dare to say that there is no policy without merits and demerits. While the single uniform regime cannot be absolutely condemned, the reversal to old order is the best for developing countries like ours.”
A student of Salvation Army Grammar School, Miss Ogunlola Temiloluwa Janet, described the uniform change as something she loves personally. She said it is now easy to differentiate between Salvation Army and other schools. She also said there is peace in the school.
“The true character of every school is now showing and parents can now make good decisions on where to take their children to. We thank the Governor and we want him to continue to do good works. We love our Governor and his decisions,” Temiloluwa said.