Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on Thursday said that, if agreed by stakeholders in the education sector, his administration might have to discontinue the free education policy for pupils in the state.
Akeredolu lamented the deplorable condition of primary and secondary schools in the state, saying there was a need to reform the education system.
While speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2017 Education Summit held at the International Event Centre, Akure, the state capital. Themed: 'Repositioning Education and Technology Growth', organised by the government to define the way forward for education in the state. The governor Affirmed that his administration would adopt whatever recommendations made at the summit, Akeredolu stressed that government's continued payment of the pupils' fees for the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination and the provision of free shuttle buses, among other gestures, would also depend on the recommendations of the stakeholders in the two-day summit.
He said, "I will be waiting for the recommendation of the summit. It is what they say I should do that I will do.Who bears the cost of educating our citizens in the face of dwindling fortunes? Can the resources of state sustain the current ostentatious practices, such as the payment of WAEC fees, free bus shuttle programme, maintenance of over-bloated workforce with no discernible schedules of responsibilities, duplication of disciplines in our tertiary institutions, among others?"
However, some student stakeholders at the event, who spoke with nigeriancablenews.com have resolved to oppose with full force, any move by the Akeredolu led government to increase the school fee in tertiary institutions owned by the state, stating the harsh economic condition in the state as their reason.