Osun failure: Tension over possible mass protest in schools

Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola
Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola

The failure of about 28,000 students of Osun State public secondary schools in the unified examinations to pick students, who will sit the next West African School Certificate Examination, is causing a serious tension across the schools in the state.

An official of the Ministry of Education told journalists in Osogbo on Sunday that there was the fear of possible outbreak of protests especially in some schools following the release of the result.

The source said about 7,000 students passed the examinations, which would also be used to select those whose WAEC fees would be paid by the state government.

He added that there was a mild protest in one of the secondary schools in Osogbo on Friday but security agents were immediately alerted and the protest was quelled.

The media aide to the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, did not pick repeated calls put across to his mobile on Sunday nor responded to an SMS sent to him to seek clarifications on what the state intended to do with the students who failed the examinations.