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Oyo govt laments low turnout of pupils as schools resume

By Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
20 September 2022   |   3:46 am
Oyo State Government has decried the low turnout of pupils in public schools, as schools resume for first term 2022/2023 academic session in the state.

• Urges parents to send children back to school
• Sets 50% benchmark for students’ promotion
• Monarch, Adesina, others urge youths to participate actively in politics

Oyo State Government has decried the low turnout of pupils in public schools, as schools resume for first term 2022/2023 academic session in the state.

Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (OYOSUBEB), Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran, who raised the alarm, yesterday, after monitoring some schools in the state, appealed to parents and guardians to release their wards to resume for school.

Adeniran said the board decided to monitor some schools in Ibadan, the state capital, to ascertain the preparedness of teachers and pupils for their resumption for the new academic session in the state.

He also appealed to parents in rural areas not to stop their children from attending schools on market days.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Rahman Abiodun Abdu-Raheem, has said that the benchmark for the 2022 joint promotion examination for senior secondary students transiting to the next class is 50 per cent.

He said that a pass at Credit level in either English Language or Mathematics and four other relevant subjects in the area of study is sacrosanct for SS1 and SS2.

The commissioner also promised payment of grants to schools and the development of infrastructure in schools throughout the state.

IN another development, a prominent monarch in Oke-Ogun area of Oyo State, the Okere of Saki, Alhaji Khalid Oyeniyi Olabisi Ilugbemidepo; a professor of History, University of Ibadan, Olutayo Adesina and the President General of the Supreme Forum of Yoruba Youths, Otunba Oluwafemi Awogboro, have urged youths to participate actively in politics as the 2023 elections draw near.

They gave the charge during the yearly lecture organised by the forum held at Tunde Odunlade Arts and Culture Connections, Bodija, Ibadan, Oyo State.

Adesina, who was the keynote speaker at the event, lamented that many youths are not participating in democratic processes.

He, therefore, urged the younger generation to put all efforts together and learn the cultural values, philosophy and ideals to enable them be in a better position to be engaged in modern democracy.

The Okeere of Saki urged youths to work hard and learn cultural values, fairness, ideals and the need to face the reality of their time to be successful in life.