Timothy Owoeye, Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, has disclosed that the parliament will soon come up with a law that will peg secondary school leaving age at 18 years old.
A statement signed by Owoeye, which was made available to newsmen, stated that the lawmaker disclosed this in his goodwill message delivered during the Osun Youth Agenda High-Level Stakeholder’s Policy Dialogue.
The event was organised by a group known as the Kimpact Development Initiative, with the support from the United Agency for International Development, National Democratic Institute, and the United Kingdom Department of International Development.
The Speaker condemned parents who rush their children and wards through secondary school, warning them that sending them to tertiary institutions of learning while under 18 years old, could make children from the best homes to become vulnerable to negative peer influences.
Owoeye further stressed that having a high number of underage high school leavers, who lacked vocational skills, had partly contributed to the high rate of unemployment in the country.
He said the law, if passed, would checkmate the growing trend of underage secondary school leavers in the state.
“When we eventually make the law, Osun will not be the first state to enact such law in the country, but we will also collaborate with other states Houses of Assemb ly to ensure that the law is also passed in their respective states. We will work with the National Assembly to ensure that the law is nationally adopted,” the lawmaker stated.