By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Deputy Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Honourable Abiodun Fadeyi has called on the state government to ensure accreditation of 80 per cent of the courses in all the state-owned tertiary institutions in the state by 2023.
The development followed a motion on Matter of Urgent Public Importance moved by Hon. Fadeyi during the House plenary.
He urged the state government through the ministry of education to address the accreditation of 80 per cent of the courses in the state tertiary institutions adding that the present administration under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde is doing everything possible towards upgrading and repositioning of education in Oyo State.
The lawmaker who mentioned the 2020 education budget of 23.37per cent out of the total budget estimate for the state as part of efforts by the government described it as the highest in the history of the state.
The Deputy Speaker further said that it has become imperative to bring to the notice of the House on the need to put measures in place for the accreditation of more courses in some state-owned tertiary institutions such as the College Of Education, Lanlate that has 24 departments but all the courses are already due for accreditation since 2018.
According to him, basic facilities, adequate personnel and learning aids needed and required for the teaching and learning of students as well as accreditation of courses in some of those institutions are inadequate and in some cases lacking.
“It has become imperative to bring to the notice of the House on the need for government to ensure that more courses get accreditation in state-owned tertiary institutions such as College of Education, Lanlate, The Ibarapa Polytechnic, Oke Ogun Polytechnic, Saki, College of Agriculture, Igboora and Alayande College of Education, Oyo”.
The Deputy Speaker noted that the non-accreditation of courses in these institutions is taken too long and it’s also becoming a norm and must be nipped in the bud.
He said failure to proffer solutions to the challenges of inadequate basic learning facility such as lecture rooms, teaching aids, personnel, most especially teaching staff and accreditations will impact negatively on the products of those institutions and the educational development, repositioning agenda of the present administration.
In her submission, Hon. Wumi Oladeji, pointed out that there is the need for all hands to be on deck to avoid instances where students after completion of their academic programmes will not be eligible to serve their fatherland due to non-accreditation of their courses.
Also speaking, the Chairman House Committee on Education, Hon. Oluwafemi Oluwafowokanmi who described the move as very important said the committee on education will visit all the schools in order to identify and unravel the problems on the issue and give a comprehensive report to the House.
The Speaker, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin, while commending the mover of the motion, therefore, charged the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to look into the issue by giving priority to courses that are yet to be accredited.