gov+oyoThe Oyo State Government yesterday announced stoppage of payment of the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) for public school pupils in the state.

The decision is among the measures taken to address the poor performance of students in the public examinations being conducted by the West African Examination Council (WARC) and National Examination Council (NECO).

Head of Service Mr Soji Eniade, in a statement yesterday, pointed out that the measure would enhance quality education in the public school system.

Consequently, each pupil us to pay N3,000 as Education Development Levy per session.

The statement entitled: “Efforts of Oyo state government to Address Poor Performance of Students in Public Secondary Schools”, said: “Government has stopped further payment of WAEC registration fees with effect from 2015/2016 academic session. This is as a result of poor financial status of the state government coupled with the lackadaisical attitude of parents and students to promotion of quality education”.

On the education levy, the HOS said, “A sum of N3,000 only will be paid per student on annual basis as Education Development Levy. Payment would be in three equal installments of N1,00” per term. Fund gathered would be utilized to complement government’s effort in the improvement of infrastructure in public secondary schools”.

Aside the financial aspect of the repositioning, the government said there would be enforcement of 80 per cent attendance of pupils in schools; cancellation of automatic promotions; re-invigoration of extra-mural classes, as well as establishment of zonal education monitoring committees to bring a halt to truancy among students, “

The release noted that government has perfected arrangements to partner with stakeholders in the management of public schools. -Nigerianeye

old-woman-bird-turns-humanYesterday, the heavy crowd in the Ajegunle area of Lagos could not believe their sights as some of them thought they were watching another episode of Nollywood thriller or “Super Story” movie but this time, unfortunately, they represent the “camera team” as the actress is just performing before their very eyes in amazement.


Everyone was shocked and a couple of persons were gripped with great fears, after a bird was said to have transformed into an old woman who confessed to being a witch. She confessed before the bewildered crowd that she was on her way back to Ibadan, Oyo State (as a bird) when she missed her track and plummeted to the ground were she turned into an old woman.


Residents of Ajegunle area of Lagos were, yesterday, thrown into shock, after a bird was said to have transformed into an old woman who confessed to being a witch.


The dark-complexioned nonagenarian with tribal marks, who spoke in Yoruba, told a bewildered crowd that she was on her way back to Ibadan, Oyo State (as a bird) when she missed her track.


She was also said to have told the mammoth crowd that her mystical powers disappointed her because it was dawn.


Eye-witnesses told us that three black birds were seen at about 7am, flying side?by?side along Old Ojo Road.


Then, all of a sudden, one of them landed on a moving pick?up van owned by Eko Electricity Distribution Company.


Bird Flying From Ibadan Turns Into Old Woman in Lagos[/caption]An eye witness who identified himself simply as Mr Okafor said: “Immediately the bird landed on the van, it transformed into an old woman.


“Everyone ran away at first but we later gathered round the woman only to discover that she had a bruise on her forehead with which she landed.


“When we asked her what her mission was, she said three of them were sent to Lagos from their coven in Ibadan but that on their way back, they missed their way.


“She said they started hovering in the area until it was morning, adding that she fell because she was tired.


“She also told us that she initially did not want to embark on the journey and that she used to restrict her witchcraft activities to Ibadan because of her age.


“She was thereafter taken to the Baale of Ajeromi, where she confessed to have killed her husband through witchcraft.”


Policemen from Layeni Police Division were said to have been contacted to prevent the woman from being lynched and they came and took her away.


Police sources told us that the woman would be released to any of her relations who shows up, explaining that the law does not recognise witchcraft.


“She has not committed any crime and will, therefore, be released to any member of her family who shows up. We did not arrest her. We only prevented a likely jungle justice,” the police source said.