By Kehinde Oluwatayo
Some Unity Secondary Schools in Ondo State can now admit day students alongside boarding this year, it has been disclosed.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Lola Amuda made the disclosure shortly after she monitored the entrance examination into Unity Secondary Schools in the state at the weekend.
Amuda who stressed that the state government has approved that three Unity Secondary schools in the state can now admit day students alongside their boarding students noted that it was an attempt by government to further expand access to qualitative education.
She added that it was also to satisfy the yearnings of the parents in the state who have been clamouring for it for some time.
“I want to use this medium to inform the people of Ondo State that the state government has graciously approved the introduction of day system alongside boarding system in three of our Unity Secondary Schools in the state.
“So when the result of the exam that is being conducted today will be released, we are going to have in our next admission day and boarding systems in Unity Secondary Schools in Epinmi Akoko, Owo and Ode Aye”, she said.
Meanwhile, she urged parents and school managers in the state to ensure that their children and wards report early for the common entrance examination slated for Saturday and subsequent government examinations in the state.
Amuda who noted that candidates reported very late to some centres said that the development led to prolonged accreditation of candidates.
She urged parents and schools. managers to make sure that their children and wards report at their various centres as early as 7:30 am on Saturday.
She described the examination as smooth, peaceful and orderly attributing the prolonged accreditation to late report of candidates at their centres.
Amuda assured that the result would be released forty eight hours after the conduct of the examination.
She disclosed that 18,195 candidates registered for the exam in the state which according to her is the highest in the history of the state.
On why some candidates could not locate their their centres as at the morning of the exam, Amuda said it was because schools were allowed to do the registration adding that the challenge must have emanated from there.
According to her, necessary corrections would be done at the exam department of the ministry so that the result of such candidates would not be pending.
Some parents who spoke with The Hope expressed their satisfaction with the conduct of the exam.
When the team visited St Peter’s Unity Secondary School, Akure at 8:35am, accreditation was ongoing. Also at Oyemekun Grammar School, St Dominic and St Louis Grammar all in Akure, accreditation was ongoing.
But at 10:07 am when the team visited CAC Grammar School, Akure, English which is the first
paper was already ongoing.
Also at Ijo Mimo Oluwa High School, St Michael Catholic High School, Aquinas College and Fiwasaye Girls’Grammar School all in Akure, exam was ongoing.