Oyo Govt to Reintroduce Boys’ Scout in Public Schools for Character Moulding

The Oyo State Government has affirmed that it would reintroduce Boys’ Scout Club to public primary schools across the State, for character moulding and sound learning of pupils.

Dr Nureni Adeniran, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), mentioned this in Ibadan during an advocacy visit by the State Commissioner of Boys’ Scout.

In a statement by the Board’s Media Team, Adeniran announced that subject to approval by the State’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Boys’ Scout will give pupils the opportunity to get first-hand insights on preparing for life.

He said this would complement the State Government’s efforts to mould and model pupils, adding that this would assert Governor Seyi Makinde’s commitment to improving the basic education sector.

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Dr Adeniran explained that the reintroduced club would be an improved adaptation of the moribund one, noting that the club would make pupils more responsible towards their academics and extra-curricular activities.

“We don’t mind reintroducing the Boys’ Scout club into our public schools’ system, because we realise that this will complement Governor Seyi Makinde’s quality education policy”.

He said that the doors of the state government were open to suggestions and ideas, from clubs such as Boys’ Scout that would further build the capacity of the education system in Oyo state.

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According to him, the present government is doing so much to improve pupils’ reading culture and build their moral life by providing.

“The state government is also presently seeking more ways of improving the character and morale of our pupils. So, reintroducing Boys’ Scout is a very brilliant idea,” he said.

The State Commissioner, Boys’ Scout, Mr Adetunji Adepeju, affirmed that the club has been approved by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

He said the Mission of Scouting is to contribute to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law, to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society.

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Therefore, he called on SUBEB to encourage at least 4 (four) staff in each school to present themselves for training as Scout leaders who shall monitor, maintain and sustain the packs and troops in the respective schools.

He pointed out that the club established by Baden-Powell teaches members to be prepared, adding that the club would teach pupils how to be prepared for learning and for the future.


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