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Thousands of pupils from public secondary schools in Oyo State on Monday trooped to the streets of Ibadan, the state capital, to protest the state government’s plan to adopt the public-private participatory approach for the management of some their schools.The initiative, the state’s public workers had argued, would lead to the commercialisation of public education in the state.
But Governor Abiola Ajimobi had explained that the plan was not aimed at selling or privatising the affected 31 schools.
However, the labour unions in the state said workers would begin an indefinite strike on Tuesday (today) to force government to reverse its decision.
The students’ protest and the workers’ union insistence on the strike had forced the state government to shut down all public primary and secondary schools in the state on Monday.
The government accused the labour unions in the state of engaging pupils to stage the protest.