Ogun State Government on Monday disclosed that 22,700 primary school pupils in both private and primary schools sat for the qualifying test into the state public secondary schools with boarding facilities.
The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Segun Odubela, made the disclosure while speaking with journalists at the end of the monitoring exercise.
The Commissioner, who was represented by the Director of Secondary Schools, Idowu Adegbesan, commended Ogun people for the success of the exercise, saying that all qualified primary six pupils would be posted to secondary schools close to their areas of residence.
‘’Let me tell you that merit will be considered, admission into the schools will be strictly based on the performance of the pupils. We will not compromise standard,’’ the Commissioner said.
In a related development, the state would join the rest of the nation to celebrate the Year 2015 Children’s Day on Wednesday at the Moshood Abiola International Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta, at 10a.m.
The celebration is to provide an avenue to review the needs of children as well as remind governments, voluntary organizations and the general public of their obligations towards children in the country.
A release issued by the permanent secretary, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Abdul-Fatai Opebiyi, said the theme for this year’s event is “Violence Against Children, Addressing the Challenges”, and is expected to have school children, members of voluntary youth organizations, NYSC members, participating in a march past.
The release states further that the Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, will receive the school children while the wife of the governor, Olufunso Amosun, will present trophies to the winning schools.