The Government of Oyo State rewarded 26 pupils, from various schools who have represented the state in various National competitions, for being good ambassadors.
The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela who presented the gifts to the twenty six (26) pupils for their excellent performances in Mathematical Association of Nigeria (MAN), Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN) and Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), competitions on Wednesday the 18th of January 2017 in Ibadan stated that there is no amount of time, energy and money that can be regarded as too much to spend on Education.According to the commissioner,
“Education, as we all know, is a veritable tool and instrument to alleviate and subsequently banish ignorance and poverty, whatever resource is devoted to education, therefore, multiplies in turn.”
Professor Olowofela reiterated that the Oyo State Government under Governor Abiola Ajimobi would not relent in its effort to turn around education in the state. He pointed out that the government’s policies such as stoppage of mass promotion of students, promotion based on 80percent class attendance and above average performance in, tests and exams, inauguration of Schools’ Governing Boards (SGB) for effective control and teaching, massive renovation of schools and supply of science equipment would help to save education from its present dismal position.
The commissioner appreciated the contributions of the various stakeholders in complementing the efforts of the State Government to improve the quality of education in the state and consequently congratulated the awardees for their steadfastness and determination which has enabled them to excel amongst their peers.
In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary in the Oyo State Ministry of Education, Mrs. Aderonke Makanjuola commended the awardees for making the state proud and stated that the reward of excellence would assist in stimulating other pupils, in the state, in their studies.