The old girls of Queens School, Ede, now at Ibadan, gathered recently at their current Apata Ganga Ibadan campus to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of their school.
The President of the Old Girl's Association (QSOGA), Dr. Adetoun Agbe-Davies, commended the state for the establishment of the School Governing Board (SGB), abolition of automatic promotion, 80 per cent attendance by all pupils and the Oyo State Model Education System Interventions (OYOMESI).
She alluded to the fact that it was no surprise that the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) adopted Ibadan as a Learning City in October 2016 and that QSOGA will continue to strengthen the partnership with Oyo State Government (OYSG) in restoring Queen's School to her past glory and repositioning her as the school of choice for girls in Oyo State.
Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the occasion, DMrs Bisi Akin-Alabi, Special Adviser to the Governor of Oyo State, expressed her profound gratitude to the old girls' association for their never failing support of the school, in the development of its infrastructure and other assistance given to the school over the years.
She hinted that since Ibadan has been designated a learning city, the government plans to create various learning hubs all over Ibadan, Queen's School is being considered as a learning hub, she enjoined the current student, a number of who were seated at the hall with the old girls to study hard so they could be proud and worthy members of the society.
She felt very proud to be associated with the members at the gathering.
The guest speaker, Ms. Moronke Azeez, the Executive Director of Sage Consult Limited and an old girl is the Chairman of the school's Governing Board, as well as former SA to the Lagos State Government on Eko Project (a World Bank assisted programme on Education), gave a presentation about the poor state of education in Oyo State and the failing curriculum of the schools in Oyo State. She also identified the inadequate facilities available for the use of the almost 2,000 students. She reminded the gathering that save for extra classroom blocks that have been added over the years by the old girls, the basic infrastructure the girls use now was used by girls in the 60s and 70s when their population was no more than 500.