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Ogun Model Schools

Posted: Jul 30, 2015 at 1:56 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Temitayo Taylor


The introduction of free qualitative and affordable education policy by Senator Ibikunle Amosun led administration in Ogun State has not only abolished payment of school fees in all public primary and secondary schools in the State and reduction of tuition fees in all State owned higher Institutions, but has invested heavily on infrastructural developments in all public school.

However, having realised that education sector is one area where Ogun State for ages, has comparative advantage over other states in Nigeria, Ogun State government through its Ogun Standard policy is constructing 15 new Model schools with each having a carrying capacity of 1,000 students and a boarding facilities out of the proposed 28 Model schools.

These unprecedented development and revolution in the state education sector is the first of its kind in the history of the State. This step no doubt was influenced by the free education policy of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

Ibikunle Amosun, Governor of Ogun State

Ibikunle Amosun, Governor of Ogun State

The 15 Model schools located across the three Senatorial Districts of the State, of International standard and has reached advanced stages, the Governor said during foundation laying of one of the schools in Ago Iwoye, Ijebu North Local Government in 2012, that the step became imperative so as to decongest the over population of students in the State public schools and to make learning environment convivial for students both in urban and rural areas of the state.

More so, the schools would have a male and female hostel constructed few meters away from the classrooms, well equipped classrooms with an ICT centres and recreational centres such as football, basketball and volleyball pitch.

Locations of the ongoing schools are; Onijanganjangan in Abeokuta North Local Government, Akinale, in Ewekoro Local Government, Kobape in Abeokuta South Local Government, Ado Odo, Ado/Odo Ota Local Government, Ilaro, Yewa Local Government, Likosi, Sagamu Local Government, Ikenne, Ikenne Local Government, Ago Iwoye, Ijebu North Local Government and Oke-Ako, Ijebu Ode Local Government.

Others areas are; Itele, Ijebu East Local Government, Ishara, Ijebu Remo North Local Government, Owode, Obafemi Owode Local Government, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta South Local Government, Ikolaje in Ipokia Local Government and Ojetedo in Ifo Local Government.

It is not a gainsaying the fact that the free education policy in Ogun has strengthen and shaped the comatose stage the present administration met the sector which has to a large extent helped reduce the number of students roaming the street due to inability of their parents to afford school fee and provide basic needs.