OSUN EDUCATION: STATE GOVERNMENT RESTRAINS SCHOOL AUTHORITIES FROM TRADING UNIFORMS


The State Government of Osun has banned principals and other school authorities in the State from selling or disturbing uniforms to students. 

This was disclosed by the State commissioner for information and Civic orientation, Mrs. Funke Egbemode while addressing newsmen after the State Executive Council meeting held on Monday, November 9, 2020.

She stated that the new arrangement is part of the government resolves to reviewing certain extant educational policies in the State as earlier announced which include a reversal to the old schools uniforms practice as against the current monotonous policy of using the same uniform by all the schools, scheduled to take effect from the 2020/2021 academic session. 

According to her, "The Council decided that no school authority or principal is allowed to assume the duty of selling or distributing uniforms to students. It is not the monopoly or exclusive preserve of any school or individual to do so".

Mrs Egbemode highlighted that this development, among others is to enable local businesses within the state dealing in this sector to grow in the current economic circumstances. 

In her words: "The Council has established this commerce-driven guideline to provide an avenue for businesses within the State to receive a boost during this period, adding that necessary consultations had earlier been do with all relevant stakeholders ahead of the implementation of the new guideline.

"The Ministry of Education had earlier done a systematic stakeholders' engagement with parents' forum, Old Students' Association and school Authorities and these guidelines have been properly communicated.

"The government expects schools to revert to their traditional uniforms at the resumption of the 2020/2021 academic session on Monday, November 16, 2020. 

To accommodate any form of logistical setbacks, the government also approved a two-week window for the full implementation of the reversal, which means that by Tuesday, December 1, 2020, the reversal should have been fully implemented", she continued while urging the parents to patronize businesses within the state for the sustenance of the economic objectives of the guideline. 

"The government enjoined all parents to embrace the state's commerce-driven guideline by  patronizing traders and businesses within the state for the educational consumables of their children and words.

"The government also commended the gesture of Old Students' Associations that have taken it upon themselves to support their Alma Mater with uniforms and also work with the government for the smooth return of the pride and honour of their schools", She concluded.

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