By Daniel Ayantoye
The Kwara State Government has been urged to continue its investment in infrastructure in schools across the three senatorial districts of the state.
The Principal of Olunlade Junior Secondary School, Ilorin, Mr Soliu Bakare who made the call while delivering his address during the Prize Giving Day and 4th Graduation Ceremony of the school, lamented poor state of facilities in the school and shortage of classes.
According to him, the school presently has 385 students, 41 teachers and four non-teaching staff which made the classes and offices over crowded.
“All our classes are overcrowded and we are also in need of standard library, school bus, staff room, tables and chairs for our students and teachers. There is also need for the fencing of the school premises for security purpose,” he stated.
Speaking on the achievements of the school, Bakare noted that the performance of his students at the 3rd Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) is an evidence of the qualified teaching and non-teaching staff on ground.
“We have qualified and hardworking staff that are up to the task, and in line with the curriculum as provided by the Ministry of Education. In fact, the school authority employed French and Fine Art teachers to also meet the demand of the new curriculum.”
Meanwhile 15 students won award in various subjects among whom are Gazali Karimat (Mathematics), Fasasi Kafilat (English), Adeyemo Usman (IRK), Ibiyo Rachael (CRK) and Oni Gbemisola who went home with awards in Physical Health Education, Social Studies, Basic Science, Computer Science and that of Overall Best Student.
Teaching and non-teaching staff were not left out as 11 teachers received awards, so also the Bursar and three Best N-Power Teachers in the school.
Responding, the Overall Best Student, Gbemisola dedicated her prizes to her parents for their motivation, adding that she intends to become a medical doctor.