Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Monday said the model schools constructed by his administration will commence full operation in September.
The governor spoke during the flag-off of a summer camp for 250 students held in one of the model schools located in Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state.
Amosun, who was represented by his deputy, Chief (Mrs) Yetunde Onanuga, said “finishing touches” were being put to the schools to make their operations begin in full swing for the 2016/2017 academic session.
He stated that apart from ultra-modern facilities, adequate security arrangement had been made to protect the lives and property of the students and staff.
The governor expressed optimism that the model schools would revolutionise the education sector and set the pace in access to quality education.
He debunked claims that the schools were elitist, saying children of both the rich and less privileged are free to enrol.
He said: “Our model schools will be starting in September by God’s grace. Ogun State government is ready and we are just putting finishing touches to all the other things that are supposed to be there. Forms are already in place but they have not been distributed. We want to start with this summer camp first.
“We have so many brilliant students in our public schools that don’t have the opportunity to go to private schools. But with these model schools, once you are brilliant and you are doing well, you can come. It’s a subsidised form of school for the less privileged.”
Also speaking, the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Modupe Mujota, said the summer camp initiative aimed at engaging children constructively during the holiday.