Ibadan - The Oyo State House of Assembly on
Thursday directed officials of the State Universal Basic Education
Board (SUBEB), to appear before it on July 7 over choices of textbooks
used in schools.
The summons followed a motion moved by Segun Ajanaku (APC-Ibadan South-West II) over periodic review of textbooks.
Ajanaku had noted that books used in public and private primary schools in the state were recommended and reviewed periodically.
He said the review was done by the State Universal Basic Education
Board (SUBEB), and Curriculum Development Directorate of the Ministry of
Ajanaku, however, said publishers, schools and "unscrupulous"
officials collaborated to review recommended textbooks based on other
reasons than knowledge impartation.
According to him, the development has caused non-uniformity of books in schools.
He said the act also frustrated the culture of siblings inheriting books from one another.
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"Urgent steps need to be taken to correct the anomalies and
recommended text books should be uniform for students of the same class
in public and private schools in the state."
"Recommended textbooks ought not to be reviewed at least for a period of four to five years", Ajanaku said.
Oyatokun Oyeleke (APC-Afijio), prayed the House to invite SUBEB to explain the alleged arbitrary reviews.
Other agencies to appear are the Ministry of Education and National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools.
The media, reports that the Speaker, Micheal Adeyemo, approved the invitation.
Adeyemo said: "the issue raised in the motion is very expedient and
we shall be doing a disservice to the sector if nothing is done."
Earlier, a bill to establish a special board for Internally Generated
Revenue (IGR) to boost revenue for the state was presented to the