Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun state has banned authorities of state’s schools from selling school wears/uniforms to pupils in the state. The governor ordered that there should be a return to the old uniform policy which will take effect from the new 2020/2021 academic session.
Mrs. Egbemode Funke Adenike, Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, revealed that the decision of the state government to ban the sales of uniforms to pupils was reached during the State Executive Council meeting that held on Monday, November 9, 2020.
The Commissioner in her statement said, ‘The Government of Osun state has warned authorities of schools not to sell or distribute uniforms to students in their domain as part of the protocols of the reversal to old uniforms with effect from the new 2020/2021 academic session.’
She pointed out that, ‘The government had earlier announced, as part of the review of some extent education policies in the State, that every school should return to its old established and recognised public uniform with effect from the new academic session, as against the current single uniform regime in the State.’
Noting that, ‘Uniforms are to be purchased in the open market from textile dealers in the State and should be also produced by tailors in the State.’
She proceeded by saying that, ‘The Council decided that no school authority or principal is allowed to assume the duty of selling or distributing uniforms to students. It is not the monopoly or exclusive preserve of any school or individual to do so.’
However, ‘The Council has established this commerce-driven guideline to provide an avenue for businesses within the State to receive a boost during this period.’
She also stressed that, ‘The government expects schools to revert to their traditional uniforms at the resumption of the 2020/2021 academic session on Monday, November 16, 2020.’
To bring about the full implementation of this directive, ‘The government also approved a two-week window for the full implementation of the reversal, which means that by Tuesday, December 1, 2020, the reversal should have been fully implemented.’