The Ogun State Government has declared that any students below the age of 16 would not be allowed to graduate from secondary schools and secured admission into higher institutions, while in same vein primary four pupils would not be given admission to secondary schools in the state
Penpushing reports that Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu, made this known during an assessment and evaluation meeting on the just concluded 2023 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), scheduled with the Zonal Education Officers in all the 20 Local Government Areas across the State.
The Special Adviser explained that the Ogun State Education Revitalisation Agenda (OGSERA) platform, was designed in a way that any learner below the age of 16 would not be allowed to graduate from secondary schools in Ogun State adding that the policy is applicable to both public or private schools, adding that the policies were part of the efforts of the government to further promote efficiency in the education sector.
Penpushing further reports that he stated that the only way pupils can be admitted into the 42 Public Flagship Secondary Schools will be through the screening exercise and not through the transfer process,stating that the State was working tirelessly to tackle the challenges of disorderliness in public schools in order to boost learners’ performance and ensure teacher quality, revealing that the Ministry was planning to have a classroom of not more than 40 learners to a teacher ratio.
The Special Adviser challenged the Zonal Education Officers(ZEOs) to be proactive, accountable, diligent, focused, have good conduct, and be good ambassadors of the government in their respective jurisdiction, and urged them to make efforts to eliminate any form of abnormalities facing the sector, so as to achieve smooth learning and peaceful academic environment.
Penpushing also reports that responding on behalf of other Zonal Education Officers(ZEOs), Messer Taiwo Adebayo of Ifo Local Government, Ismail Yussuf, Yewa North Local Government, and Mrs. Adeola Ayoola of Ewekoro Local Government promised full cooperation to be prompt and be on top of their responsibilities to make the education sector in the State better and stronger.
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