As the primary and secondary schools resumed last Monday for another academic session, the Ondo State Government has expressed its displeasure over the poor enrolment of pupils into public primary schools in the state.
Speaking on the development, the Chairman of the Ondo State Universal Basic Education Board , Mr Victor Olabimtan, said he was not impressed with the enrolment, lamenting that there was no reason for any public primary school to be dwindling in number of pupils while that of private schools were on the increase, considering the enormous investment in the development of basic education by the federal and state governments.
He stated this during an assessment tour to some schools in some public primary schools across the state after resumption on Monday.
According to him, the turnout of pupils within the few days of resumption in most schools visited, for the new session is not impressive.
Olabimtan said: “Some of the factors responsible for low patronages in the public schools in the state include but are not limited to non-dedication to duties on the part of teachers.
“In the last six years, the State Government under Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has expended over N22 billion in the renovations, reconstructions and constructions of not less than 900 school buildings, fencing, provisions of bole holes, chairs and lockers, computer laboratories and distributions of free instructional materials to pupils to mention but a few.”