Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti
Ekiti State government has released N27.9 million grant to 208 public secondary schools the state.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Ayodeji Ajayi, who made this known in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, said the grant was meant for the first term of the 2018/2019 academic year.
Ajayi said the benefitting schools also include the three special schools for the deaf; the blind; and the mentally retarded and physically challenged at Ikoro, Ikere, and Ido-Ekiti, respectively.
He said the state government would do everything within available resources to ensure all students, irrespective of where their schools are located, get quality education.
In another development, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has been presented with the interim report on the unruly behaviour of the football team of the AUD Comprehensive High School, Ado-Ekiti, currently participating in the ongoing Principals’ Soccer Cup Competition.
Consequently, the school has been banned from participating in any sporting activities for the next three years, for involving in a violent act against match officials.
The school, according to the ministry, will not benefit from any sports grant/equipment from the ministry for the period of the ban.
The decision, according to the permanent secretary, followed the recommendation of the steering committee set up to handle the 2019 edition of the Principals Cup competition, which is currently in group stage.
Ajayi, who described sports as a major tool that can foster positive relationship and healthy rivalry among schools, emphasised that any school or team found engaging in any violent act will be dealt with.