As plans for the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Federal Government Girls’ College (FGGC), Sagamu, Ogun State, reached a final stage, the Director/Principal of college, Mrs. Agnes Abiodun Owolabi, said the Federal Government-owned colleges, otherwise known as Federal Unity Schools are keeping faith with the mandates of delivering and providing qualitative secondary school education aimed at churning out quality graduates.
She said the government, through the unity schools, is massively investing in the future of the younger ones, as the schools serve as platform for quality and affordable education for qualified children, regardless of the financial status of their parents.
On the planned anniversary of the school, Mrs. Owolabi, who noted that the school had every cause to roll out the drums to celebrate its numerous achievements during the celebration, billed for early next years, however, said of the upcoming event: “I am privileged and fulfilled that this landmark anniversary is taking place in my time as the principal. It means the school has come a long way; building future leaders and enhancing the socio-economic life of this country.”
According to her, the anniversary will serve as a reunion for old students and avail the college the opportunity to rally several hundreds of its alumni, who are scattered all over the world, to identify with the developmental needs and strides of the school.
“It is going to be a time to take stock, look back and see where we are coming from and also project into the future. Already numerous sets of our old students have been coming to see how they can be relevant in the gamut of activities. The ‘86 Set has come and the United States of America chapter has also contacted us to pledge their support and participation.
On the achievements of the college, the Principal, who noted that many products of the school are doing well in their chosen careers and every sector of the economy, however, added: “Obviously, our students would be greatly inspired by the exploits of these wonderful old students.”
She stressed that many parents are rushing to enroll their children and wards in the school, saying what Nigerian children are getting at the Federal Government schools almost free of charge is what private schools charge prohibitive fees for.
Reacting to complaints by some parents that their children are denied admission despite their performance in the Common Entrance Examination, Mrs. Owolabi insisted that once a child hits the cut-off scores at the entrance examination such student stands a good chance of being enrolled into any of the unity schools.
Though, she noted that such complaints are inevitable, they should be directed to the Federal Ministry of Education and not the schools since it is the ministry that offers admission to candidates and send the list to the schools.
“The allocation of fresh in-takes is based on the carrying capacity of each college. Thus, there is bound to be over flow and stiff competition for limited available space, Indeed, since selection is done strictly on merit, it is possible for a child to do well in the examination and not get admission where many other equally brilliant candidates post higher performance.
The principal, who reiterated that the performance of the school has always been attracting scores of desperate parents, who are ready to do anything to squeeze in their children into the school, regretted that when the request of such parents are politely turned down, they begin to peddling unsavoury remarks about the management and school.
She said: “This year’s Senior School Certificate Examination, FGGC, Sagamu scored 100 per cent in almost all the subjects. We recorded over 150 A1s in some subjects and we did not record even a Pass in English and Mathematics. Our result was the second best in Ogun State.