Some public primary and secondary schools were on Monday closed down over the current privatisation crisis rocking the state’s education sector.
Pupils who went to school this morning were turned back home by the teachers in protest of alleged plans by the state government to privatize some of the schools.
The crisis led to a protest by labour unions last Wednesday, a development which later culminated in the arrest of the union leaders including the State NLC chairman, Comrade Waheed Olojede.
Olojede and six others were charged to a magistrate court last Friday on a seven-count charge bordering on breach of public peace and damage of public property.
They were accused of disrupting a stakeholders’ meeting organized by the Oyo State government to address issues on the proposed privatisation of selected secondary schools in the state.
The accused persons could not meet the bail conditions slammed on them by Chief Magistrate Jamiu Adebisi and were remanded in prison custody till Monday when they hope to regain their freedom.
The stakeholders’ meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 7, to discuss the process which government has said is not a privatisation process but a public private partnership arrangement.