Ekiti State Government said it would not restrict its educational development facilities and programs to the public schools only but extends them to private schools also to enable all schools in the state, whether public or private have equal access to the government developmental reforms in the education sector.
The State Deputy Governor, Dr. Kolapo Olusola made this known during his visit to the Shepard International College, Omisanjana, Ado-Ekiti to present the Letter of Participation to Master Adedipe Oluwatosin, a student of the school, who is going to represent Ekiti State in the Young Nigeria Scientists Presidential Award Competition.
He explained that the present administration showed interest in the supervision and extension of government gestures in education sector to private schools in Ekiti State because it believed that the schools are also serving the interest of Ekiti people in educating their children and that the state performance in external examinations like WASSCE and NECO are based on the overall results of both public and private schools.
The Deputy Governor disclosed that the school would be among the first set of private schools in Ekiti that would be given copies of the Six Years Past Questions and Answers Book produced by the state government for the SS3 students to assist them prepare for the WASSCE and NECO.
He commended Shepard International School for making the state proud with its academic and moral excellence and for producing many students who had represented the state and won various awards for the state among whom is Master Adedipe Oluwatosin, an SS3 student from the school, who is going to represent Ekiti State in the Young Nigeria Scientist Presidential Award in Abuja this month.
Dr. Olusola who lauded the school’s Proprietor, Pastor Julius Adegboye Agboade, the Management and Staff of the College for their diligence and consistency in producing brilliant and outstanding students urged them to be relentless in their good work as good rewards await them and their children too.
He advised the students also to shun any short course to success which might lure them into examination malpractice but to study diligently and conscientiously to attain success, adding that fruits of hard work are more rewarding and reliable than fruits of dubious labour.
The school proprietor, Pastor Julius Agboade who commended the Governor Ayodele Fayose-led government for its various innovative and developmental reforms in the education sector and particularly, for the decision to extend such facilities and programs to the private schools.
He described the gesture as a welcome development which will further encourage private schools owners and enhance the state overall performance in external examinations in both public and private schools.
Pastor Agboade said Shepard International College has always aimed high to excel and lead others and will continue to maintain the lead and even improve on the previous performance.