School Enrolment Has Increased Says Ogun State, To Receive Report On Virginity Test Today.
Ogun State Government on Sunday said the enrolment of students into its public secondary schools had risen from 292,324 in 2010/2011 to 387,915 in the 2011/2012 academic session.
The state government also said enrolment into its public primary schools increased from 406,890 in 2010/2011 to 506,002 in the 2012/2013 academic session.
It, however, said the development had resulted in the decline in the enrolment into private primary and secondary schools in the state.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Dr. Tunji Abimbola, said this in a statement.
Abimbola linked the increment in public schools to the overhauling of the education sector by the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led administration.
He noted that over N278m had been spent on the rehabilitation of classrooms in 100 schools in the three senatorial districts of the state.
The statement read, “Enrolment figures into public secondary and primary schools in Ogun State have been on the upward swing since the advent of the Senator Ibikunle Amosun administration, investigations have revealed.
“Amosun, during his inauguration on May 29, 2011 declared free education in all its public secondary and primary schools, insisting that the government owes the citizenry the duty to ensure that education at the two tiers of education remains free to allow the children of the under privileged to benefit.
“The administration then followed up the declaration with the distribution of free textbooks and instructional materials to the students in 2012.
“Parents responded positively to the development by sending their children into the schools as figures gleaned from the department of Planning, Research and Statistics of the state Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, indicates that enrolment figure in both tiers of education is on the rise.”
Abimbola added that the enrolment was “an expression of confidence by parents in the free education policy of the state government”.
Abimbola however noted that the efforts to raise the number of students in public schools in the state had “negative effect on the enrolment figure of private schools in the state most of whose proprietors are groaning under low patronage”.
Meanwhile, The five-man panel set up to investigate the alleged conduct of virginity test on pupils of Ajuwon Senior High School, Ajuwon, Ogun State, will submit its report on Monday (today).
Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Segun Odubela, told our correspondent on Saturday that after carrying out an exhaustive and thorough probe, the panel had concluded its work.
Odubela said the panel led by the Zonal Education Officer of Abeokuta North Local Government Area, Mr. I.O. Adeniji, would make a formal presentation of the report to the state government through the ministry at the state Secretariat Complex, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, on Monday.
Odubela said, “I can confirm to you that the panel set up to investigate the alleged conduct of virginity test on pupils of Ajuwon Senior High School by their Principal, Rev. Olufunke Aladeojobi, and another member of staff has completed its work.
“I will be receiving the report on behalf of the Ogun State Government on Monday. We will carefully look into the report and study the recommendations made by the panel with a view to determining the appropriate action to take.”
Asked when the state government will finally take a decision on the issue, Odubela said, “Very soon. In fact, the government will make its decision public as soon as it is made.”
A source at the ministry told our correspondent that Aladeojobi and the school nurse, Mrs. M.B. Makinde, would know their fate on or before Friday.