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"Poverty Almost Made Me Drop Out Of School" - Oluremi Olalekan

Proprietor of Golden Grace International School, a well known private school in Oluwu area, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, Mr Oluremi Olalekan Michael has stated how financial problems of his parents almost dropped him out of school.

He said, "when i was young i didn't have any hope of going to the university because my mother told me not to further more after my primary six level because she couldn't afford to sponsor my education again due to the financial meltdown my family was facing".

Mr Olalekan who attended St. Michael primary school in Lagos pleaded with his mother that he can sponsor himself to secondary school. He picked up a conductor job and he was also selling pure water by the road side.

He said, "my thought then was that i wouldn't be educated till my next world due to what I have gone  through", he stated  during an interview a chat with newsmen in his office in Abeokuta.

Oluremi started with Ansarudeen Grammar school, pioneer high school and later finished at Ojodu Grammar school in Ikeja Lagos, he said he had always had it in his mind to build schools if he became successful in life in order to contribute his quota to the community.

He said "with all i passed through, i saw d salary of all the teachers that was lost and i returned it back to the staff room, this gave me a lot of respect and the principal told all the teachers not to beat me again anytime i come late to school, because i explained my reason of coming late every time" he added.

However, after my secondary school scenario, i went to learn fashion designing and later went into surveying. He said "I have loss interest in going to university since I've  been seeing money with the surveyor job, but God did it for me in a miraculous way. I went back to school when  our manager  engaged in a fight with another person, but trying to settled the fight, the next person told me he is educated and know what he is saying. On that fateful day i thought deeply and decided to go back to school, I sat for another WAEC, passed it and got admission to Ogun State University to study public administration(OSU), along the line i had it in mind to establish Golden Grace International School, that's how the journey started and here I am today being a private school owner.

While talking on the standard of the school he said, before we can have an international standard its not a small task, in my school we have qualified teachers that know what the students want at appropriate time, he quoted i have Degree, Masters and PHD holders at Golden Grace international School.

He said one of the most important things we also do at Golden grace is that we give out scholarships to the less privileged students that score the highest mark during our admission, I do this for both my primary and secondary school in other to contribute my quota to the community as part of what I faced at the  earlier stage of my life.

However, we also faced government and parents challenges, but with all this we still give our students a well standard treatment, because coming out with flying colours is my priority.

He also talked on the success story of the school, he said our students WAEC results was always excellent which I always thank God for that because that's where we are going to evaluate our achievements.

Mr Olalekan advised the government to always support every private schools owners because of the economy situation of this country, a lot of parents complained and pleaded when its time to pay, lack of adequate electricity is also there, standard privates spend a lot only on electricity and other maintenances. So the government should also be supportive, he added.

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