About One Hundred and Seventy Five Thousand, Three Hundred and Twenty (175,320) pupils sat on Tuesday, for the Screening/Placement examination in Oyo State.
The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Rahman Abiodun Abdu-Raheem said this on Tuesday evening at Ibadan, expressing his satisfaction over the conduct of the 2022 Screening/Placement of Primary Six Pupils into the State’s Public Junior Secondary Schools across all Local Government Council Areas in the State.
The Permanent Secretary, of the Ministry, Mrs Christianah Abosede Abioye, who spoke on behalf of the Commissioner, during the monitoring exercise in some centres in Ibadan metropolis, declared that about One Hundred and Seventy five Thousand,Three Hundred and Twenty (175,320) primary six pupils of the state sat for the examination, in about Four Thousand, Two Hundred and Eighty-Nine centres.
She explained that the increase in number of registered pupils, since the inception of Engineer Seyi Makinde was a result of the increment in enrollment numbers of out of School and vulnerable children and the Free Education Policy in the State, as well as adequate welfare packages of teachers, in the actualization of the governor’s inaugural speech.
“We all can see that enrollment for placement in public Junior Secondary schools in Oyo State has increasingly assumed upward dimensions since assumption of office in 2019, between 2020 to 2022, Screening/placements records were between One Hundred and Sixty Thousand, Seven Hundred and Fifty-Five (160,755), One Hundred and Seventy Thousand,Six Hundred and Forty (170,640) and presently One Hundred and Seventy-Five Thousand, Three Hundred and Twenty.
“This is commendable and we use this opportunity to call on parents and philanthropists to be partners in progress and not close their eyes to adequate love and care for these children, as we all know that development requires the contribution of all stakeholders.”
While describing the exercise as hitch free, peaceful and devoid of malpractices, Abioye assured parents and the general public that the present administration has prepared for the increased number of enrollment of Out-of-School Children in the areas of education infrastructures and personnel.