Osun State Government has explained the measure it has put in place to effectively oust schools it calls mushroomos in the education sector.
On Wednesday during an inter-ministerial news conference organised by the ministry of Inormation and Civic Orientation, Osun State government through the Commissioner of Education, Folorunsho Bamisayemi disclosed that it has shut 600 Mushroom Schools to Sanitise the Education Sector.
According to him, the decision came as a result of its zero tolerance for quacks in the system and schools that do not meet the required standard.
“We know the danger of mushroom schools because once the education foundation of a child is destroyed, it becomes difficult to build a solid structure on it.”
Mr. Bamisayemi noted that it is now mandatory for a school to have a Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) certificate, among other requirements.
“Starting from the ministry, we have reviewed our department of schools to ensure greater efficiency. We have segmented the department to supervise basic and post-basic schools.
“Anyone who wants to start a school must produce a Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria Certificate, among other requirements. We no longer grant licenses just because someone has spare funds to spend,” he said.
While responding to TOS News message on Saturday on how to ensure that the order is not flouted, the commissioner said “we ensure close monitoring through Local Inspectors of Education and Quality Assurance Department and we have introduced provisional registration for those willing to regularize and comply with our irreducible minimum standard.”