Angry secondary school students set classrooms ablaze

Blocks of classrooms were set ablaze in Oyo on Thursday, marking the worst phase of secondary school students’ unrest that began days ago over mass failure in exams.

The classrooms set on fire were at Isale Community High School, Oyo Town. But students elsewhere have threatened to cause similar damage to public property in their schools, teachers told PREMIUM TIMES.

Fire service agents were quickly drafted to the school to extinguish the fire.

Crisis erupted on Monday following mass failure in the last promotion examinations across secondary schools in Oyo State.

The Oyo State Government set a new promotion policy which meant only students with 50 per cent in Mathematics and English language will transit to the next class.

On Monday, students of Anglican secondary school in Oyo unleashed mayhem on their teachers and destroyed billboards bearing Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s picture.

The Commissioner for Education, Adeniyi Olowofela, declined comment on this report, saying he was not comfortable with a telephone interview.

Mr. Olowofela said he would get back but was yet to do so as at the time of this report.

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