By Yinka Kolawole
Old Students of St. Lawrence’s Grammar School, Ilesa, Osun State have commended Governor Adegboyega Oyetola for re-aligning the state’s education policy with the National Policy on Education’s classification of 6-3-3-4.
According to a release jointly issued by Alhaji Adebayo Jimoh and Mr. Lawrence Aluko, National President and General Secretary of the association respectively, the reversal of the policy is an affirmation of the belief of residents that Oyetola’s administration is a listening government that considers the interest of the people in all its developmental programmes.
The association pledged support for the Oyetola administration, offering to embark on some interventions in the school.
“As a show of solidarity and support to the government, the old students of our school that has now been returned to her previous full grammar school status have commenced the following infrastructural projects to beautify and re-equip the school:
“A new school hall with a sitting capacity of 500 students is under construction and due for completion by December 2020. The hall has been named in honour of our ex-Principal, Famoyin Hall. Also, a modern and befitting Main School Gate that will improve the general aesthetics and ambience of our school including a fence is under construction. This gate will be completed by October ending 2020,” the statement read.
They also noted that the school’s science block comprising the biology, chemistry and physics laboratory will be fully renovated, while a functional and well stocked library with current book titles and magazines to aid and support learning will be delivered by November, 2020.
To improve the state of hygiene and sanitary condition of the school, the association also pledged to build additional 10 units of toilets with water cisterns and overhead tanks, which will also be delivered in November, 2020.
“We have already commenced the work on the renovation of old block of classrooms to make learning more conducive to students. We are also in constant dialogue with Ilesa North East Local Council Development Authority for the release of the modern block of three classrooms with staff room built and donated by an old student of our school which was loaned out to the LCDA at their inception. The governor had earlier instructed Ilesa North East LCDA to vacate the block of classrooms following the release of funds for the construction of their permanent secretariat which is almost completed.
“Again, the Old Students of St. Lawrence’s Grammar School fully identifies with the giant strides of the present administration in Osun State and call on other old students of other schools to support the state government in providing infrastructural development in their respective schools. Together we can all make Osun State great”, the alumni noted.
They thanked Oyetola for keeping his electioneering promises to the people of the state.