By Tunde Oyekola in Osogbo
Two public secondary schools closed down by the Osun State government in January this year as a result of clashes between their students will reopen on Monday, March 9 just as the government announced the expulsion of five students fingered as perpetrators of the crises that ravaged the two schools in Osogbo.
Students of Osogbo High School and Government Technical College, both located few meters away from each other, along Osogbo/Iwo road, in Osogbo, had in January, engaged each other in deadly clashes, forcing government to close down the schools.
It was gathered that the students of the two schools were fighting each other over female admirers in their respective schools.
During the clash, some of them sustained injuries while school blocks and laboratories as well as science equipment estimated at several thousands of Naira were damaged by the rampaging students.
However, the government in a release signed by the Permanent Secretary, Osun State Ministry of Education, Mr. Lawrence Oyeniran, and made available to newsmen in Osogbo, expelled the five students and surcharged others after a careful consideration of the cases that involved the two schools.
It claimed it had also considered the final year students of both schools, who are scheduled to sit for the year 2015 May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination ,WASSCE, and year 2015 NABTEB respectively.
It added that it took cognisance of the need to enforce discipline among the students and sustain peace in the schools before arriving at the decision to expel the students.
The statement further stated that, parents of returning students and students are to sign undertakings as stipulated by the government and should mandatorily attend a meeting with the management of both schools on Monday, 9th March, 2015 by 11:00a.m.
Also, parents of each returning students in both schools would pay a reparation fee to be fixed by the Parents Teacher Association payable into Access Bank PLC Account Number 0000502126, without which their children/wards would not be allowed access into the schools.
Disclosing that the school would re-open for full academic work from Monday, 9th March, 2015, the release maintained that, security agencies would be deployed to assist the management of both schools in maintaining discipline and peace.