Ogun State government has kick started operations of its model school with a two week summer camp at one of the model schools in Akinale area of Ewekoro local government area of the state.
The government said the operation of regular school system would commence fully in September.
The governor spoke during the flag-off of the summer camp for 250 students which was started yesterday.
Amosun, represented by his deputy, 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.”
The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Modupe Mujota, while speaking with journalists explained that the summer camp initiative was aimed at engaging children constructively during the holiday.
Mujota added that the state government wanted the programme to be a reward for students who had done well in the state-sponsored unified examinations.
She noted that the school would focus on four key areas, including academics, practical life skills, performing arts and craft and sports.
She said, “The summer camp initiative was the brainchild of governor’s desire to engage our youths constructively during the summer month. He also wanted it to be a reward for those who have worked tirelessly to do very well in the state-sponsored unified examinations.
“We looked at the performance during the state-sponsored unified examinations and we decided to pick those that distinguished themselves with high scores across board and that’s how we were able to harvest some of the ones that were sponsored.”
The commissioner stated that adequate security measure had been put in place to ensure the camp is safe throughout the duration of the programme.