Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi yesterday kick-started the distribution of educational materials to selected secondary schools in the three senatorial districts of the state.
The governor said this would restore the educational value of the state.
This came barely three days after the governor distributed instructional materials to government-owned primary schools.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, said the distribution of the materials was the first phase of his administration’s intervention programme in public schools.
The items distributed included 2,000 chairs and lockers, 550 pupils’ laptops, 9,792 copies of science text books and 1,100 set of drawing boards and T-square.
Fayemi said his administration would name four new secondary schools to be established in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, after eminent indigenes as the schools are expected to take off in September when the new academic session resumes.
He said his administration approved the four additional secondary schools in Ado-Ekiti to address congestion of classrooms in public secondary schools in the state capital.
The governor promised that his administration would continue to initiate policies that would restore the state’s education glory it was noted for.
Fayemi said his administration increased the budgetary allocation to Education in this year’s budget to keep pace with the UNESCO recommendation of 26 per cent of the total budget.
The governor noted that the increment would enable the government provide basic educational needs for schools, as captured in his knowledge economy agenda.