PDP, APC bicker over Osun schools merger

OSOGBO — The main opposition party in Osun State, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has condemned the merger of schools by the state government under the schools reclassification programme, describing it as an attempt to barstardise the state educational system.
The party in a statement by its chairman, Alhaji Ganiyu Olaoluwa on Osogbo, yesterday, said the government of Rauf Aregbesola would through the schools’ merger cause confusion and crisis among the school children and communities in the state.
But the All Progressives Congress, APC, described the PDP condemnation as lacking in merit, saying that Aregbesola was only clearing the rot created during PDP seven and a half years rule had brought to the state.
The APC Director of Publicity and Strategy, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi said the Aregbesola’s government would not be detracted from its set programmes to put the state on a sound footing.
Olaoluwa said the recent merging of schools by the state government was an open invitation to anarchy, adding that the government policy would do no good to any of the stakeholdesr in the education sector, especially the students and parents.
He alleged that the present administration in the state had brought untold hardship to the school children and also caused crisis in most parts of the state.
Under the new education system in the state, the PDP leader lamented that school children would suffer greatly as they would be made to trek long distances before they get to their schools.
“It is highly unfortunate and worrisome to see school children trekking several kilometres before getting to school under the new education system in Osun State. Aregbesola has made education almost impossible for the masses of Osun State,” he stated