The free education policy of Governor Seyi Makinde in the state has greatly ensure reduction in the high number of out of School Children.
Mr Marcus Williams of the Living Word Orphanage located in Ibadan, Oyo State disclosed this in an exclusive interview with Nigeria Alert News.
He explained that as at last year the number of out of school children in ibadan south west local government was over ten thousand. Most of them drop out of school just because of payment of three thosand naira only.
Mr Williams explained that even though some of the parents gave their children the money to be paid in school, some of the students dont pay because theh believe quality education is their right and not privilege and so for their inability to pay, they drop out of school.
The child right activist said there was a period he paid three hundred thousand naira for public school for all the children we are taken care of even though they were brought by the police, ministry of women affairs to his care and he pays tax of the children to get education.
“I had never voted before, that anger made me write a letter and I said give this children waiver, the letter got to ministry of education and I followed it up and they said former Governor said no that we should go and pay and we paid the fees and those kids are still in school.
“Then I said to myself I will vote this time around, I went to Molete and cast my vote for Gov Makinde and pray behind it that Makinde should win this election and he did win. When he won, people were going for visit, but I said I will not go to visit, the same prayer I prayed, I will still pray the prayer. I then got a call from the ministry that can you recommend things for this new government? And I said, number one, for him to be known all over the world, let him waive the three thousand naira school fee.
“And that was the first thing, he mentioned it, people clapped. Everybody begin to withdraw their kids from private schools, whether its bad education or not, they threw them back to public schools.”
He added that those pupils that can’t afford notebooks before the coming on board of this government were also brought back because of the notebooks provided by the government even though if not more than two notebooks while some of the unnecessary levies were also cut off by the government.
Mr Marcus believed in terms of the deliverables as promised by the governor, he has done well.