By Lere Olayinka

Ekiti State Governor, Engr. Segun Oni has directed the State Universal

Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to establish more primary schools in

some critical areas in the state particularly in Ado and Ikere as

well as some farm stead and villages in the state.
He also urged the board to put strict quality control in place in

public primary schools in the state in order to further improve the

quality of pupils produced in the schools.
Governor Segun Oni, who gave the directive while receiving the 2009

annual report of the State Universal Basic Education Board in

Ado-Ekiti said concerted efforts should be made to ensure that public

primary schools in the state produce high quality pupils that can

favourably compete with their colleagues all over the world.

He noted that apart from the Administration of Chief Obafemi Awolowo

in the late 1950s and that of Chief Michael Ajasin in the early1980s,

no administration in the history of the Yoruba nation had invested so

much in the development of educational infrastructure than his

administration, noting that his government has established 50 new

primary schools since inception.
According to him, efforts of the board should now be geared towards

recording better results from public primary school pupils more so

that infrastructure had improved to a great extent in addition to

the fact that primary school teachers in the state were now better

motivated with a salary package that was among the highest in the

Nigeria today.
The Governor posited that with the better learning environment, better

pay package for teachers coupled with mass procurement of

instructional materials for public primary schools by SUBEB there was

no reason while results of public schools should not be better than

those of private schools who cannot match public schools in terms of

infrastructure and quality of manpower in their services.

Governor Oni expressed satisfaction with the achievements recorded by

the SUBEB board in the in the area of provision of infrastructure,

instructional materials and the performance of pupils of public

schools in the state in public examinations and national

Earlier, the SUBEB Chairman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye said the attention of

the board would now be shifted to quality control having put all

necessary infrastructural facilities in place in schools across the

He noted that as part of efforts to improve the proficiency and

welfare of teachers; the board had organised several training

workshops for teachers and promoted over 3000 teachers in 2009.

Adeyeye disclosed that the board had established over 50 new schools,

constructed over 2,017 new classrooms including over school 75 storey

buildings in the period under review.