By Maxwell Adeyemi
The Oyo State Government on Thursday shut five schools indefinitely over the protests on cancellation of automatic promotion in public schools.
Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela, the State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, announced this at a news conference in Ibadan.
Blackface News reports that three of the five schools are located in Oyo East and Atiba Local Government Areas while the remaining two are in Akinyele.
The schools shut down are Community Secondary School, Iyana Idi-Ose, Ojoo High School, Ojoo, Ibadan and Isale Oyo Community High School, Oyo.
Others are Anglican-Methodist Secondary School, Oyo, and Oba Adeyemi High school, Oyo.
The commissioner said that government was determined to enforce its policy of no automatic promotion in all public schools.
He said that the policy was contained in a circular sent to stakeholders in the education sector across the state on April 23, 2015.
“The effort was to address our examination preparedness strategy with the immediate cancellation of automatic promotion in all classes.
” This is because we are usually ill-prepared for external examinations; our state always come embarrassingly short, even behind states that are traditionally considered to be educationally backward,’’ he said.
Olowofela said that it was saddening that some hoodlums, parading themselves as students, had decided to cause mayhem in some schools, thereby disturbing the peace in the schools.
“It is our moral responsibility and sacred duty to protect lives and properties of members of the public.
“Therefore, any hoodlum caught in any form of breach to public peace shall be dealt with according to the laws of the land,’’ he said.
He urged well-meaning students to continue with their studies with the teachers on hand, saying, security agents had been alerted of the development.
Olowofela also called on parents and guardians to advise their wards to concentrate on their studies and refrain from anti-social acts.