Within the
last few years, news coming out of Osun State as regards her students’
performance in Senior School Certificate Examinations have not been all that
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.
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 secondarys schools
in Osun State, their histories, achievements, facilities and every other of
their efforts towards giving the children of Osun State the best quality
These best
secondary schools in Osun State are:

1. Kunike International
School, Osogbo

International School is a day and boarding co-educational school founded to
nuture children to greatness with cultural and moral values and the fear of
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.
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.
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, ebooks, 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

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.
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
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
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.
continuous development of staff means that the school can maintain excellent
results, not just in Nigerian exams but also on the international stage.
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, Osunsanya 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

3. Ambassadors College,

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.
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).
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.
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 Ambassadors College
Ile-Ife’s recent laurels.

4. GOF International
School, Osogbo

International School Osogbo came into existence in the year 2000 and has since
become a frontrunner 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.
International School, Osogbo has standard hostel facilities, well-equiped
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.

Faith Standard Cephalo
Model College, Ile-Ife

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.
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
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.
Standard Cephalo Model College is both day and boarding, and boasts of
world-class hostel facilities, science and ICT laboratories, and so much more.

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