Alumni of Laro Grammar School Osogbo cry out over encroachment on school’s land

The alumni association of Laro Grammar School, Oke-Fia, Osogbo has cried out over encroachment on the school’s land by some agencies.
Addressing a press conference to herald the 4th Alumni Reunion ceremony of the body at the school hall, the President of the Laro General Alumni, Comrade Edegbayi Kolawole, disclosed that a large portion of the school land has been encroached on by some agencies yet to be known.
He called on the state government to assist in reclaiming the encroached land saying a letter has been written to Governor Gboyega Oyetola to that effect.
Kolawole also bemoaned the downgrading of the school to Middle School by the immediate past government of Rauf Aregbesola and called on the present administration of Governor Oyetola to upgrade Laro back to a high school standard.
The administration of Aregbesola had changed the Grammar School to “Laro Middle School” in its school reclassification policy.
The alumni association expressed dissatisfaction with the single uniform being used by public students in the state saying that it has contributed to the indiscipline witnessed in public schools.
Mr. Kolawole advised the state government to look into the single uniform policy with a view to changing it to its former policy different uniforms.
Giving insights to the history of Laro Grammar School Osogbo and how it came to be, Kolawole explained that “Laro Grammar School (as it was called), came into existence on 1st of September, 1980 as a result of the government of old Oyo State of Nigeria which declared ” Free Education at all levels” of which many of us (old students of Laro) benefited from, as its electioneering campaign in 1979.
“On assumption of office in October that year, the dreams and yearnings of the masses on the manifesto of the party (UPN) came to reality. There were only eight secondary schools, one Technical College, and one Teacher Training college in Osogbo township.
” With the advent of ‘Free Education’ at all levels, eleven new ones were established on the same day in Osogbo under the leadership of Gov Bola Ige (late). Among the eleven newly founded secondary schools was Laro Community High School which was later changed to Laro Grammar School, Oke-Fia, Osogbo.”
Mr Kolawole urged state government to also come to the aid of the alumni association’s alma mater by tackling the problem of bad road the school is facing.
He said, “erosion and flooding occasioned by lack of drainages have adversely affected the landscape of the school including its blocks, road leading into the school, classrooms and front of principal’s office.”
He said the reunion, which holds on Saturday, September 15, 2019 is a time to give back to the school and form formidable charity body to assist both old and young students.
Kolawole stated that the alumni is embarking on building an alumni hall within the school premises while seeking for the support of all and sundry to make the project a reality.
Reeling out the achievements of the alumni association in the development of the school, Kolawole said the old students had facilitated borehole for the school. The body also bought moar for the school, gave scholarship to best students, distributed books, facilitated computers, installed electricity and beautified the school hall among other achievements.
Mr Kolawole said that the grand finale of the reunion would hold on Saturday where one of the alumni, Senator Ajibola Basiru would deliver lecture on “Youth, Media and the Importance of Education.”
Governor Oyetola is expected to deliver a keynote address at the grand finale.
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