Ekiti State Government said it will ensure that the burnt Examination Hall of Ijaloke Grammar School, Emure-Ekiti is renovated quickly and as well make proper arrangement for a conducive place for the final year students of the school to write their examinations uninterrupted.
The state Deputy Governor, Dr. Kolapo Olusola gave the assurance when he visited the school to personally assess the extent of the havoc caused by the fire which ravaged the school recently.
The Deputy Governor, who was accompanied by the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hon. Jide Egunjobi and his counterpart in the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Barrister Kola Kolade lamented the devastation but thanked God that the fire did not extend to the other parts of the school and there was no loss of life.
He used the occasion to enlighten the students and staff of the school and members of the community who were around on the dangers of careless handling of fire and the need to always be cautious of the extent and fire started somewhere can go if not properly monitored. He reassured the students that the government would rise up to the
challenge and do everything possible to see that the hall is renovated and put into shape within the shortest period of time and make necessary arrangement that would allow them write their coming examination in a conducive environment that would not jeopardize their performance.
The Deputy Governor and his entourage had earlier visited the of Elemure of Emure –Ekiti, Oba Emmanuel Adebayo in his Palace where he informed the monarch that he was in Emure-Ekiti to personally assess the examination hall of Ijaloke Grammar School that was gutted by fire recently.
The Deputy Governor who assured the Oba of the government’s readiness to continue to take up the multi-facet challenges in the education sector however stressed the need for the communities where schools are located to also support the governments in the efforts to provide infrastructures and other necessary educational facilities that would make learning conducive and rewarding for the children. Olusola said the economy slump has incapacitated the government from meeting some of its responsibilities begging for attention and would therefore need the support of philanthropic individuals and organizations to put some things in proper order, especially infrastructural developments of schools in their areas. He stressed that government alone could no longer bear the costs of running schools because of the high cost of school maintenance and high population of students in public schools, adding that the support of the people, including the old students and the parents Teachers Associations (PTA) was imperative in raising the standard of education in Ekiti State.
Welcoming the Deputy Governor to his Palace, the traditional ruler, Oba Emmanuel Adebayo thanked him for the visit, with an appeal for speedy renovation of the hall so as not to have devastating effects on the performance of the pupils. Oba Adebayo said that the community has concluded an arrangement to supply 200 chairs and lockers to replace those that were lost to the inferno, which would be delivered before the commencement of 2017 West African Senior Secondary Examinations (WASSCE).
The Deputy Governor promised to give a comprehensive report of the incident to the Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, with an assurance that renovation works on the building would commence in earnest. Dr. Olusola also visited Adetunji Ajayi Senior secondary School, Ajegunle, Ise Ekiti about 12km on Ise-Agbado road, commended the teachers of the school for their commitment and hardwork.
The Deputy Governor however expressed his dissatisfaction on the number of SS3students that were absent from school, which prompted him to request for the intervention attendance sheets and the 2016 WAEC/NECO breakdown of results.
He therefore reminded the Principal and the teachers that the present government would not compromise its zero tolerance for examination malpractices, adding that the Commissioner for Education, Mr. Jide Egunjobi would personally attend the PTA meeting of the school to address the parents.
Responding, one of the teachers thanked the Deputy Governor and his entourage for the visit, with an appeal to the state government to resume the construction of the abandoned road leading to the community which began last year and has since been suspended. He also called on the Deputy Governor to facilitate the posting of Physics, Chemistry and CRK teachers to the school as it has none of these since 2014/2015 session.
In the entourage of the Deputy Governor were the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology Mr. Jide Egunjobi and his counterpart in the Ministry of Local Government, community Development and Chieftaincy Affairs, Barrister Kolapo Kolade.
Tuesday, March 28 2017, 3:16 am
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