Pupils of seventeen schools, who were engaged in a demonstration on June 6, have been urged to stay at home as the Oyo State Government announced the reopening of public secondary schools on Monday, July 11, 2016.
This information was conveyed in a statement issued by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Toye Arulogun, on Sunday in Ibadan, the state capital.
The statement is coming in the wake of the education crisis in the state, which was due to opposition to Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s proposed policy to involve private bodies in the operation of the schools.
Quite a number of students of some schools in Ibadan, had on June 6, embarked on anti-Ajimobi demonstration, after organised labour in the state, opposed the government’s proposed public private partnership policy on education.
The statement said the decision to reopen the schools was in response to appeals by the Parents Teachers Association, (PTA) community as well as religious leaders and traditional rulers.
However, the 17 schools that participated in the demonstration, as stated by Mr. Arulogun, are excluded from government’s reopen order.
The affected schools are Baptist Secondary School, Senior Junior School, Oke Ado, Ansarudeen Secondary School, Liberty Road, Ansarudeen High School, Liberty Road, Ibadan Grammar School and Senior and Junior School, Molete.
Also included are Olubi Memorial Grammar School, Molete, St. Luke Grammar School, Senior and Junior School, Molete, St. Luke College, Molete and Yejide Girls Grammar School, Molete as well as Methodist Grammar School, Senior and Junior, Bodija.
Others are Methodist Secondary School, Bodija, Oba Akinyele Memorial High School, Bashorun, Idi-Ape, Ikolaba Grammar School, Agodi, Ikolaba Secondary School, Agodi, Ikolaba High School, Agodi, Lagelu Grammar School, Agugu, Okebadan High School, Oluyoro, and Ibadan Boys High School, Okebola.
The government said the protesting students indulged in violence and destroyed “government property and those of individuals and corporate bodies by students and teachers of some schools in Oyo State.”
“This violent activity threatened the peace and security of the state and endangered the lives of the students who participated in this breach of peace and affront on constituted authority”, Mr. Arulogun said.
He added that “Consequently, the Oyo State Government was constrained to shut down public schools throughout the State to safeguard the lives of the students and protect the lives and property of the citizenry; a decision that was taken in the line of its primary duty of ensuring peace and safety in the state.”
According to the statement, the students of the affected schools must tender a written apology to the government through their school management before their schools can be reopen.