2013 Education Scorecard: Ogun state Government0
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has assured that his administration would not retrench any cadre of teachers in the state’s education sector notwithstanding the huge amount being expended on their monthly salaries.
The governor gave the assurance on Tuesday in Abeokuta, the state capital while presenting the year 2014 budget proposal to the state lawmakers for their approval and passage into law.
Amosun, who told the lawmakers that the education sector took the lion share of N43.99 billion, which represents 20.93 per cent of the total budget for the 2014 fiscal year, also informed the House members that the unwavering commitment of his administration to educating the people of the state had started yielding positive results.
“As a direct result of our free education policy, many parents are now relieved of the apprehension associated with termly payment of school fees, while their children continue to thrive in our rapidly improving school system.
“We have maintained the freeze on tuition fee increases in our tertiary institutions while our cashless policy has helped to generate additional funds which are being reinvested directly by the institutions,” he said Amosun, who was speaking against the high personnel cost as evident in the recurrent state expenditure which stood at N92.70 billion, representing 44. 10 per cent of the total budget proposal for next year further explained that the free education policy of his administration had resulted in an upward increase in primary school pupils’ enrollment from 506,114 in 2012/2013 to 519,966 in 2013/2014 academic session.
The governor also informed the lawmakers that secondary school enrollment figure rose from 387,915 in 2012/2013 session to 411,619 in 2013/2014 as well as an increase in retention of students in schools.
Amosun emphasised that all these noticeable geometric increments would require qualified teachers to deliver the needed knowledge to students in the state, stressing that despite recent challenges with receipts from the Federation Account, the state is meeting salaries and related obligations at when due.
Source: National Mirror