Cancellation of Automatic Promotion: 74,699 Students To Repeat Classes In Oyo State

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By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
No fewer than 74, 699 SSS1 and SSS 2 students in Oyo state that sat for the 2016 Joint Promotion Examination are to repeat their classes in line with the cancellation of automatic promotion in public secondary schools in the state.
Chairman of the State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Science and Technology, Honourable Afeez Adeleke dropped this hint at the floor of the House while presenting the committee’s report on the violence that followed the cancellation of automatic promotion in secondary schools in the state.
Honourable Adeleke said the 74, 699 of 132,629 students failed to meet up with the 50 percent and above condition in five subjects with either, English Language and Mathematics as required by the Oyo state new Education policy.
Chairman of the state House of Assembly Committee on Education, Science and Technology, stressed in the report that the number of students that would have suffered same fate would have been 102, 583, if the state government had insisted on the initial promotion criterion plan.
Also speaking at the Town Hall Meeting held at the International Conference Center, University of Ibadan on Thursday where the new education policy was launched by the state, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, said his administration had resolved to rebuild the education sector to put a stop to poor academic performance by public school students.
He declared that the newly introduced Schools Governing Board (SGB) in the Oyo state public schools would serve as a bridge between the government and the community in the management of various public secondary schools in the state, and that the SGB would be managed by various stakeholders of each school which includes community leaders, old students associations, principals and head boys/girls of each school.
“It is shameful that Oyo State that hosts the first University in the country is performing woefully in public examinations but we should all join hands together to revamp our education sector. For us to get this work done, we should all come together and condemn the criminal tendencies in our students as they burned classrooms and destroyed public properties while protesting against the policy against mass promotion” he said.

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