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Ondo cancels free WASSCE registration, says education is free


West African Examinations Council (WAEC)

Ex-students mark 40th anniversary of Ogbomoso College

Ondo State government has cancelled free registration of candidates for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).This followed the adoption of the 19-point recommendations at the education summit.

It said that parents and guardians would continue to be responsible for the payment of their children and wards’ fees for the secondary school leaving certificate examination next year. 

The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Femi Agagu, alongside his Information and Orientation counterpart, Mr. Yemi Olowolabi, disclosed this while speaking with journalists in Akure after the State Executive Council. 

Agagu noted that the council had critically examined the decisions of stakeholders at the last education summit and resolved that government would continue to fund education at the primary and post-primary levels.

The State Executive Council, according to him, also approved the setting up of an Education Trust Fund that would help to mobilise funds for the sector in the state.

The commissioner, who stated that the trust fund would be managed by a committee comprising prominent sons and daughters of the state, said the committee would encourage each adult citizen of the state to pay N1,000 into the Fund. 

In a related vein, Federal Government College Ogbomoso Old Students Association (FEGOCOOSA) is set to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the school.The theme of the main event, which will hold in Lagos on December 2, 2017, is “Celebrating a Legacy of Friendship and Nation-building.”

According to the Chairman of the Planning Committee, ’Deremi Atanda, “Unity schools in Nigeria are a proof that education can be used as a tool to forge national unity, especially during the formative years of children. Therefore, as old students, we have decided to keep this vision alive by bringing it to public consciousness through our anniversary celebrations.”

Besides, the old students have also drawn a five-year roadmap for co-ordinated academic and infrastructural intervention programmes in the school.

The global president of the association, Mrs. Yetunde Jaiyesinmi, said: “The 40th anniversary presents an opportunity for us as old students to contribute to the transformation of our school’s infrastructure and academic performance in a sustainable way.

“Apart from having an opportunity to reminisce on school days and reconnect with old friends, the 40th anniversary dinner and awards night will be an advocacy platform for the government to restore the objectives of national unity through improved investment in unity schools.”

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