Top 5 Best Secondary Schools In Osun State
Within the last few years, news coming out of Osun State as regards her students’ performance in Senior School Certificate Examinations have not been any heart-warming. A state that once was a shining star as regards high academic performance in notable national and international examinations now drags the bottom position of every ranking of the performance of students of all the states of the federation.
Nevertheless, some schools in the state have been been investing heavily both human and material resources towards making sure that the unfortunate trend does not become a constant. In this essay we take a look at the best secondary schools in Osun State, their histories, achievements, facilities and every other of their efforts towards giving the children of Osun State the best quality education.
These best secondary schools in Osun State are:
1. Kunike International School, Osogbo
Kunike International School is a day and boarding co-educational school founded to nurture children to greatness with cultural and moral values and the fear of God.
Kunike International School strives to provide qualitative and balanced education to boys and girls from all the states of Nigeria and overseas. Parents who want the best kind of upbringing of both worlds: the values of the African and the discipline of the Westerner, will find the school the appropriate institution to enroll their wards in.
Kunike International School is located on a 15 hectare of land, designed to become beautiful, serene and secured at Oke-Ijetu in Osogbo, Osun State.
The school is equipped with the best educational infrastructures that can stand any test in the world. Their modern classrooms, laboratories, and hostels are fully air conditioned, and enjoy regular power supply. Each classroom and laboratory is also equipped with interactive white board, and students have tablet device for easy note taking.
The physics, chemistry, biology, food and nutrition laboratories are fully equipped. The school’s Information and Communication Technology Centre is also equipped with internet connected desk tops. The school’s e-library, managed by a qualified Librarian, is also furnished with variety of literary and research facilities such as access to emails, e-books, encyclopedia, periodicals, newspapers and access to a CD Rom databases.
Kunike International School is situated in a quiet, suburban location in a serene and secured environment surrounded by well-lit boundary walls, security cameras and a 24 homes security personnel deployed by a reputable security group.
2. Olashore International School, Iloko-Ijesa
Olashore International School opened wide its gates on 9th January 1994 to welcome its first set of one hundred JSSI students. The school was founded by Oba Oladele Olashore to compete with great secondary schools from around the world and also offer quality boarding education of an international standard in Nigeria.
Set in 60 acres of serene countryside, Olashore International School has become the benchmark for world-class educational facilities in Nigeria. In 1996 HRM Oba Okunade Sijuade, Olubuse II, Ooni of Ife opened the school hall bearing his name with a seating capacity for 1500. This has hosted major events over the years and in 2013 hosted the gala dinner of the Nigerian Computer Society with the Governor of Osun State, Engineer Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola and then Honourable Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson.
In 1998, the Chief (Dr) D. F. Burgess Stadium was opened, containing a full-size Olympic running track and field facilities, football pitch, volleyball courts and covered seating. This remains one of the foremost stadiums in Osun state and hosted the 2013 edition of the Nigeria Private University Games . A thriving Parent Teacher Association also grew in the school and they made their contribution to the school, building a 25-metre swimming pool for the school, which opened in 2002.
Academic facilities were also boosted including the construction of an extensive library and ICT complex, the Olu Daramola Library whose foundation stone was laid by Professor Wole Soyinka in 2004 and opened in 2005 by His Excellency General Abdulsalam Abubakar. In 2004 the staff village, providing quality housing for all teaching staff, was opened by His Excellency Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, then Executive Governor of Osun state, and in 2007 the Royal Park International Hotel was opened to provide accommodation for parents who are visiting their wards.
Even after 20 years, the school continues to develop these facilities with the planning and construction of an indoor sports centre and a golf course and academic facilities to support the University Foundation Programmes offered by the school.
As a learning community, committed to academic excellence Olashore International School ensures that all staff receive continuous staff development to improve their standard and keep them at the forefront of educational thinking.
The school has links with Bradford College and Lancaster University in the UK, which include teacher exchanges and visits from lecturers as well as the Institute of Education in Ireland.
This continuous development of staff means that the school can maintain excellent results, not just in Nigerian exams but also on the international stage.
Olashore International School students consistently achieve 100% A-C in WASSCE with 82% of results at A or B. The school’s Head Girl in 2013, Ogunsanya Oluwayimika, achieved nine A1 in WASSCE and then reinforced these results achieving A* and A in the six subjects she sat for in IGCSE.
In 2014 the school placed amongst the top ten schools in Nigeria based on performance in WASSCE.
3. Ambassadors College, Ile-Ife
Ambassadors College Ile-Ife is a co-educational secondary institution with boarding facilities and day options for students located in Ile-Ife.
The school which is approved by the government was established to develop students academically, morally and to make them socially adaptable.
In particular, the college places emphasis on excellent performance in every sphere of life, and the management strives to inculcate this orientation into the students.
Also, the college places premium on students’ academic excellence in the two tiers of certificate examinations as specified in the National Policy on Education; that is, Junior Secondary School Certificate Examination (JSSCE) and Senior Secondary School Certification Examination (SSCE).
Adequate moral values are emphasized within the context of godly principles and cherished societal norms. The college seeks to build hope and confidence into students and at the same time prepare them adequately for successful careers later in the future.
Provisions are made for student-oriented guidance and counseling services. The challenge of training well-prepared scholars with inspired desire to excel in the life makes it necessary to employ professional and experienced teachers who have a zeal to work and who have the philosophy of the college.
The 1ST Prize in a Robotics competition, and 1st Prize in a Quiz Competition organized by the Petroleum Tech Development fund in 2011 are some of the Ambassadors College Ile-Ife’s recent laurels.
4. GOF International School, Osogbo
GOF International School Osogbo came into existence in the year 2000 and has since established an influential presence in educational development in Osun State.
The mission of the school is to deploy the best of 21st century classroom practices in enhancing academic excellence, moral uprightness and love for God.
GOF International School, Osogbo has standard hostel facilities, well-equipped computer, biology and chemist laboratories and an art studio.
To gain admission into GOF International School Osogbo, prospective student must purchase, complete and submit an application form. He/She then writes an admission exam (for JS1) or a placement assessment test in English Language, Mathematics and other core subjects if on transfer. A student on transfer is required to present his/her last school result. The final selection is based primarily on the candidate’s performance in the admission exam or placement test even though, a good performance in school exam may be an added advantage.
5. Faith Standard Cephalo Model College, Ile-Ife
Faith Standard Cephalo Model College is a private combined junior and senior secondary school located in Okerewe 1, Ifedapo in Ife East Local Government Area, Osun State.
In a survey done on 08-May-2014, the school had 254 male students and 235 female students making a total of 489 learners served by 45 teachers.
Faith Standard Cephalo Model College had 21 classrooms with electricity, 12 toilets with an improved water supply and sanitation system at the time of the 2014 survey.
Faith Standard Cephalo Model College is Situated in a child-friendly environment stimulates accelerated learning. According to the management, the decision to establish the model school at Ile-Ife is to give local children the opportunity to have a genuine experience of what their counterparts in mega cities do enjoy.
Being a comprehensive institution that gives attention to basic foundational necessities for current educational system, students are trained not only to become sound and respectable intellectuals but also to perfect their knowledge in practical courses needed for self employment in the future.
Faith Standard Cephalo Model College is both day and boarding, and boasts of world-class hostel facilities, science and ICT laboratories, and so much more.