By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
Parents in Ondo state have accused the state’s commissioner of education, Pastor Femi Agagu and school principals & owners of schools over an unwarranted hike in fees school and extortion across the state.
Affected parent, Segun Odidi from Okitipupa in a letter made available to the public called on the state Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to consider the education sector development and interest of the parents.
Another parent, Mrs Ebun Ojuola, said sharp practices by heads of government schools in the State demands urgent intervention.
Read the full text of the letter below
Open Letter to Gov Akeredolu,
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, PUBLISHERS AND SCHOOL OWNERS are milking us dry in Ondo State.
Your Excellency, let me formally use this medium to welcome you once again to the new year as I wish you and members of your family well always.
Sir, it becomes imperative to bring to your notice urgently through this means the unwholesome practice of School owners and publishers under the supervision of the Ministry of Education headed by my brother, Pastor Femi Agagu.
Your Excellency, you will recall with nostalgia when people of your generation and mine are growing up during our primary and secondary school days, the Ministry of Education will always set curriculum for the Primary and Post Primary Schools regulating their activities vis a vis the teaching mode, and most especially BOOKS to be bought by parents for the pupils/ Students.
In our days Your Excellency, if you will recall, once a parent bought a Textbook for their children, those Children coming behind the previous ones will also have the opportunity to make use of the same Textbook thereby reducing the burden on parents buying different Textbooks every term or session as the case may be but it’s very unfortunate that reverse is the case now sir.
The practice now is so arbitrary, bad and places unnecessary financial burdens on the parents, a situation where a child cannot inherit Textbooks from his elder brother and use when he gets to the class where the elderly brother just got promoted to another senior class is not only unacceptable to parents but satanic in practice.
If I may ask your Commissioner of Education through your exalted office sir, what happened to the previous practice where curriculum are constant and gives room for younger ones to make use of the Textbooks earlier used by the elderly ones?.
What is the interest of the Proprietors of Schools and the Ministry of Education, the supervisory body?
Why are they changing curriculum each passing session to the extent that those good old practices that reduces burden on parents have been discarded?
Your Excellency, the good people of Ondo State need an answer to these questions sir.
We want you to call the Ministry of Education, Schools and publishers to order, the idea of changing curriculum, changing Textbooks every session/ term is not acceptable.
Our prayers is that let the curriculum be constant, lets deliberately reduce the stress and financial burden on parents, let’s go back to the old practice where younger child can make use of the books used by the elder brother when he gets to the particular class or level.