The Osun State Commissioner for Education, Kola Omotunde-Young has called on parents and guardians to stop sending their children to markets and farms during school hours.
He said parents who refuse to comply with the advice will face the full wrath of the law which includes imprisonment, as it is an offence punishable under the law to deny students education.
The Commissioner stated this during a recent inspection visit to some schools across the state in a bid to boost teaching and learning activities.
He said absentee students will definitely not be aware of what is taught in schools thereby leading to their poor academic performance.
The Education Commissioner also enjoined parents and guardians to provide textbooks, notebooks and required learning materials to their children in support of government’s efforts and as part of their responsibilities to their wards.
He reminded parents and guardians of the need to see the education of their children as a task which must be done in collaboration with the government, stressing that their future can be guaranteed through proper education of their children.
He noted that the quality of teaching and learning is judged by the ability of pupils to read, write legibly and understand. He encouraged teachers to do more and ensure that the children put under their care can read, write well and understand.
The Commissioner also charged Principals and teachers of schools in the state to ensure that teaching and learning take place in decent and clean environments and stressed that the current administration is determined to lay a solid foundation for functional education in Osun.