Some classrooms at Isale-Oyo Community High School, Oyo town, were on Thursday set ablaze by irate pupils of the school in protest of mass failure in their promotion examinations.
Reports said the the aggrieved pupils stormed the school premises on Thursday morning charting solidarity songs and set fire to the block of classrooms before fleeing the premises.
Men of the Oyo State Fire Service, responded swiftly to put out the fire.
Policemen were deployed in the school to restore peace but none of the pupils were arrested as at press time.
It was gatnered that there had been lingering crises since Monday in some secondary schools in the state following mass failure in the last examinations.
The state government had set a new promotion policy which states that only pupils with 50 per cent in Mathematics and English language will be promoted to the next class.
It was gathered that pupils of Anglican Secondary School in Oyo reportedly attacked their teachers and destroyed billboards bearing the picture of the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi.
The Oyo State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Banji Olowofela, was quoted as saying: “What government says is that there is no automatic promotion again. Our external examinations from1999 till date have been abysmally poor. If we push them to the outside world, we are not helping them. We are trying to give them the opportunity to rediscover themselves. The school has been closed indefinitely”.