Yesterday morning, aggrieved pupils of Anglican Secondary School in Oyo stormed the school premises, and set the classrooms ablaze over mass failure in the last promotion examinations.
PUNCH gathered that the students were charting solidarity songs before they lost their mind, set the blocks on fire and fled the scene afterwards.
More so, billboards bearing Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s picture was destroyed in the process, as pupils and their teachers reportedly deserted the compound for fear of being harmed.
On noticing their wicked act the school authorities immediately alerted men of the Oyo State Fire Service, who responded quickly to put out the fire.
Punch reports that Policemen deployed to the school to restore peace were not able to arrest any of the student as of the time of filing this report.
In previous times, Oyo State Government has set a new promotion policy which states that only pupils with 50 per cent in Mathematics and English language will transit to the next class.
The Oyo State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Banji Olowofela, lamented poor performance of pupils in external examinations, saying public schools could no longer continue to breed substandard pupils.
“What government says is that there is no automatic promotion again. Our external examinations from1999 till date have been abysmally poor. If we push them to the outside world, we are not helping them. We are trying to give them the opportunity to rediscover themselves. The school has been closed indefinitely,” he added.
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