Contrary to the view that Nigeria’s reformatory/juvenile remand centres are not living up to their billing, 13 Borstal Training Institution Students of Abeokuta, Ogun State, have scored above the 160 cut-off mark set by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
Concise News reports that the public relations officer, Borstal School, Abeokuta, Yusuf Raji, in a statement said, the students who performed well – with the highest scoring 267; 11 scoring above 200 marks and the lowest scoring 188 – also participated in the recent West African Examination Council (WAEC) exam and are expectant of favourable results in order to process their admission into various tertiary institutions in the country.
The Controller of Prisons (CP) in charge of Abeokuta Borstal, simply identified as Jemilehin, according to the statement, was delighted with the result and the performance of the students because it surpassed previous year’s performance.
Represented by the head teacher in her office, the CP encouraged the students to be steadfast, describing their strides as a stepping stone in the right direction and tasked them to be resilient in their strive to be the best in their chosen field.
Jemilehin applauded the staff, corps members, volunteer teachers and all those who contributed to the success recorded in the examination.
Borstal institutions are juvenile remand centres that train and graduate thousands of young people.
They offer education in a number of subjects including science and social science courses, with the students participating in the JSSCE, SSCE, JAMB and NECO examinations.
Under the vocational programmes, the school has tailoring/dressmaking, brick-laying/masonry, construction, electrical installation, welding and fabrication, carpentry, photography/video coverage, plumbing and pipe-fitting.