Oyo State sets 50% benchmark for Students’ promotion

Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan

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The Oyo State Commissioner for Education Science and Technology, Barrister Rahman Abiodun Abdu-Raheem, has said the newly approved benchmark for the 2022 Joint Promotion Examination for Senior Secondary School (SSS) students transiting to the next class is 50 percent.

Abdu-Raheem disclosed to Journalists that a pass at credit level in either English Language or Mathematics and four other relevant subjects in the area of study is sacrosanct for secondary school students in senior class 1 and 2, expected to resume for the 2022/2023 academic calendar on Monday, 19th September, 2022

Meanwhile, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (Oyo SUBEB), Nureni Adeniran, has decried the low turnout of pupils in public schools, as schools resume the first term, 2022/2023 academic session in the state.

While speaking after monitoring some schools in the state, on Monday, appealed to parents and guardians to release their wards to resume school.

The Chairman said the Board monitored some schools in Ibadan, the state capital, to ascertain the preparedness of teachers and pupils for the resumption of the new academic session in the state, also appealing to parents in the rural areas not to stop their children from attending school because of market days.

Adeniran stated: “So far, we have visited some schools and we are not too impressed with the turnout of pupils. However, we are satisfied with the turnout of teachers. We are using this opportunity to appeal to parents and guardians, especially those in rural parts of the state, to release their wards to return to school. The exercise will continue in the other zones of the state.”

Adeniran, who monitored the resumption in the company of a full-time member of the Board, Akeem Oladeji and some directors, affirmed that teachers had commenced teaching in schools visited, saying the essence of the exercise was to further motivate the teachers and pupils for improved performance.

The Oyo SUBEB boss, who called on private investors to help boost the education sector in the state, added that the present government, under Governor Seyi Makinde, encourages development devoid of political undertones.

He hinted that, while the state government had invited bids for the renovation and construction of a storey building of ten classrooms in the Islamic Mission Primary School, Odoye, Ibadan North Local Government Area, the Board would soon grant approval to a Federal Representative, who formally indicated interest to build a block of 3 classrooms in the same school.

Some of the schools visited by the team, among others, include: Islamic Mission School, 2 and 4, Odoye; IMG Basic School II, Oje-Igosun; Methodist Pry School, Age, Igbo-elerin and IDC Sagbe, Pabi-Ekun.

The Commissioner also affirmed that the Oyo State Government was working earnestly on the payment of grants to schools and the development of infrastructure in schools throughout the state.





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