Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has stated that the new education policy in the state was not against any religion or group of persons.
The governor said this in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, on Wednesday at the opening of the 23rd state congress of the All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS).
The governor has been under harsh criticisms from Osun State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, for merging male pupils and hijab-wearing pupils with those in Christian mission public schools. CAN believes that the new system would spark terrorism.
However, the governor has maintianed that his action was primarily aimed at repositioning the education system in the state.
He said, “Our actions hitherto in this sector have been towards the transformation of the blueprint of that summit into reality. With unprecedentedly creative and focused statecraft, our administration has stormed and decimated the Bastille of disorganised educational system in Osun.
“The school reclassification is not an idea informed by religious sentiments or momentary impulse. We merged schools not because we want to silence any group, destroy cherished legacies or to unduly favour any religious or social group above another.
“The overall goal of the policy is to enable us deploy our little resources evenly and judiciously across our public schools. With the reclassification, we are better placed to give different categories of learners the right attention suitable to their ages.”
The President of ANCOPSS in Osun State, Mrs. Motunrayo Olagunju, who lauded the new policy, cautuioned the people of the state against bringing religion and politics into education.
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