By SIMON EBEGBULEM, Benin
GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State says the state government is not hostile to the return of mission schools to their original owners but that some knotty issues must be resolved before that is done.
The Governor disclosed this on Thursday during the presentation of the laurels won by Lumen Kristi International High School Uromi who represented the state in the National High School Quiz championship for emerging winner of the 2012 competition and also for being the school with the best WAEC result in the country.
According to him, “I am not necessarily hostile to the return of schools to Missions, there is room for that, but there are a couple of issues that need to be addressed, one of which is the entry barrier which must not debar children of the poor on account of their background. If this and other issues are cleared, then we can look at it.”
The Governor congratulated the principal, parents, staff and students of the Lumen Kristi International High School for the achievement which he noted is a move to return Edo State to excellence and a reminder that other students can do better.
He said the competition has been able to inculcate in the children that they have to work hard to achieve success on the basis of merit and he urged them to see the laurels as an incentive to work harder.