GCI alumni reminisce on old memories

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Chairman of the planning committee for the 2014 Get-Together of the Government College, Ibadan, Old Boys Association, Femi Babalola, has tasked the school alumni to revamp its legacy and restore the school’s tradition of academic and sporting excellence. At the school’s annual get-together tagged, ‘A Day of Reminiscence’, held at Jogor Centre, Ibadan, on Sunday, Babalola, who is a governorship aspirant in Oyo State, said due to poor maintenance and management, many of the school buildings had become dilapidated while many of the educational materials were obsolete. Present at the event were the former Oyo State governor, Omololu Olunloyo; Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Monsurat Sumonu; Chairman, House Committee on Environment and Habitat, Oyo State, Akinola Alli and Emiola Adesina, who was in the 1945 set in the school, among others. Awards were also presented to distinguished Old Boys. While praising the Old Boys for always coming to the aid of the school, Babalola also enjoined them not to abandon the school because, according to him, the burden of managing education cannot be shouldered alone by any government. “The culture and tradition of academic and sporting excellence of the school have been eroded by the inactions of successive administrators and poor educational policies. We need to remember the quality and versatility of our own tutors.

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The onus lies on us as Old Boys to revamp our ageing legacy, our collective heritage, our GCI. It is time we must all come together to restore its academic excellence as well as the culture of inculcating leadership orientation,” he said, stressing that the 2014 theme for the event was chosen to provoke the remembrance of the past and rekindle memories of GCI days. National President of the association, Biodun Jolaoso, thanked the members for the support given to the school through infrastructural provision and employment of additional teachers. “GCI is 85 years old this year but all is still not well. We still don’t have enough teachers, especially for the core subject areas and the morale of the teachers is too low. There are too many pupils in the school, with only 42 permanent teachers. Obviously, such poor pupil/teacher ratio cannot produce the type of excellence that we want. Our collective resolve now is to continue with our restoration effort in the school and pressurize the state government to make GCI a model school that it ought to be,” said Jolaoso.

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