By Emmanuel Edukugho
Babcock University High School (BUHS), Ilisan-Remo, Ogun State, marked its 16th Graduation/Award ceremony last Thursday amidst heavy rainfall, with all the 125 students in 2011 graduating class going into the various universities for higher education. At the junior level, 173 students are leaving for senior school.
Elder Timothy Adetayo, Principal, Babcock University High School, said the class is made up of 78 girls and 47 boys making a total of 125 students.
“They are committed students who are going to the world to make a difference. The class is donating to the school a water fountain that cost N1 million. He told the massive audience which included two traditional rulers, distinguished personalities, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Babcock University, Prof. Iheanyichukwu Okoro, Chairman, BUHS management Board, Prof. Dayo Alao, the Chairman PTA, Dr. Babarinde Zacheaus, Principal officers of the school, academic and non-academic staff,
Dr. Adeleke, Proprietor of Adeleke University, Ede, Prof. Sola Akinrinade, VC, University of Osun State, that there is steady growth in the student-staff population from the beginning of the school till date.
The school prepares students for Junior School Certificate Examination in NECO and Gateway, and Senior School Certificate in NECO and WAEC.
“In all the subjects, we integrate faith in teaching and learning. Subjects offered in senior secondary school covers Arts, Social Sciences, Business and Pure Sciences.”
Adetayo said, “a unique feature of our school is the use of electronic learning system-E-learning which involves the use of interactive board, projector, computer system and megaphone.” he added that students can learn faster and at their own pace.
Lectures scan be saved, notes can be copied, diagrams and other features can be downloaded, students can be linked to world wide web(www) of knowledge through intranet and internet.
Saying the environment t is conducive because the classrooms are fully airconditioned, the principal discussed that the school recorded 100% at credit and above in the following subjects – Commerce, Government, Geography, Physics, Visual Arts, Further Mathematics, Home Management, Biology, Literature in English, Technol. Drawing, PHE and French.
It is compulsory for all students and staff to attend all workshop and assemblies irrespective of their denominations.
On staff development, he stated that many of the staff are undergoing one academic programme or the other. Two are Ph.D candidates, 5 undergoing Masters degree programme, 8 post graduate diploma in education and many in degree programmes.
As regards to financial report, glory was given to God, while also thanking parents for paying the school fees promptly.
“We have been able to realise the amount stated in our budget. All developmental projects are being executed as planned in the budget.”
The challenges facing the school include shortage of land for expansion for which solutions adopted are construction of higher rising building and limiting the number of students to be admitted.
Irregular power supply – planning to purchase bigger generators. Inadequate cafeteria as students had to eat in batches. Difficulties in collecting part of the school fees chapel which presently is small to contain all the students and staff.
The Guest Speaker, Prof. Sola Akinrinade, Vice Chancellor, University of Osun State, delivered a lecture on “The Impact of ICT on The Academic Achievement of Secondary School Students in Nigeria.”
He traced how he first came in contact with computer in his mid-20s, and being introduced to Desktop Computer while in the University of Ife (OAU). At that time, going to computer centre was a pride and rare.