The Oyo State government has announced plans to reintroduce the Open-day system in public primary schools across the state.
Dr Nureni Adeniran, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), said this in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan on Sunday through the state Ministry of Information.
According to the statement, Adeniran disclosed this during his state-wide interactive session with Head-teachers in the state.
He said when reintroduced, the Open-Day will give parents opportunity to visit their children in schools to get firsthand insights into their children’s performance.
He said it would also afford parents the opportunity to speak to their children’s teachers on how to further improve those children.
He said the state government would also employ more strategies as part of measures to complement its absolute commitment to improve the basic education sector.
The SUBEB boss said the reintroduced system would be an improved adaptation of the moribund open-day, noting that the system would make parents more responsible towards their children in public schools.
“We will reintroduce the Open-day system into our public schools system, because we realise that this will complement Governor Seyi Makinde’s free education policy.
“Parents need to be responsible for their children’s progress in schools,” he said.
Adeniran, who stressed that being a teacher required patience and great discipline, urged teachers to ensure their pupils compete favourably with their contemporaries in reading and writing skills.
He said the doors of the state government was open to suggestions and ideas that would further build capacity of the teaching workforce in Oyo state.
According to him, the present government is doing so much to improve pupils’ reading culture by providing running grants to schools and building facilities, among others.
“The state government is also presently seeking more ways of improving the lot of teachers, especially those in the rural areas,” he said.
He, however, stressed that education remained the greatest asset the state government could bequeath its citizens.