The Ondo State Government on Thursday kicked against the influx of unauthorised publishers and authors selling unapproved books and other instructional materials in public and private secondary schools in the state.
Speaking with journalists in Akure, the Ondo State capital, the Commissioner for Education, Mr. Segun Agagu, said the state was committed to ensuring qualitative education for pupils and to boost their performance in national and international examinations.
Agagu noted that recommended books for primary and secondary schools in the state were reviewed periodically by the government. While books for pupils in primary schools were reviewed every five years, books for secondary schools were reviewed every three years.
The commissioner stressed that the state government was ready to conduct a review exercise for the secondary schools in the state.
Declaring that all publishers and authors, as well as other stakeholders in Ondo must participate in the review, he said, “The books for primary schools were last reviewed in the 2017/2018 academic session and will lapse in 2021/2022 session while that of secondary schools were last reviewed in 2015 and will lapse in July 2018.
“Any publisher or author who fails to participate in the review exercise will not have his book reviewed and any book that is not reviewed and approved by the government will not be used in our public and private schools.
“The book review will include content, quality of print, paper quality and other things. The books that will be reviewed must have ISBN numbers and they must be of good standard.”
Agagu also urged the principals and head teachers of both private and public secondary schools to request the approved list of books from the state Ministry of Education. “This will go a long way to checkmate the use of substandard books in the years ahead,” he said.