Oritamefa Baptist Nursery/Primary School, Total Garden
STAFF STRENGTH: 47
STUDENTS ENROLLMENT: 756
Oritamefa Baptist church underwent a period of very rapid growth between the year 1966 to 1969 and this was accompanied by visible and marked increase in the number of children both of members and others in the neighbourhood attending Sunday school classes and church services. An acute need was therefore felt for the establishment of a Nursery School to cater for these children.
After prayerful and thoughtful consideration and foresight, the school was founded by the members of ORITAMEFA BAPTIST CHURCH under the leadership of Reverend C.M Bowen, who was the American Pastor of the church at the time. They all felt the need for a school where Christian and moral principles may develop with sound education. On the basis of this, ORITAMEFA BAPTIST CHURCH made the Sunday school building available to accommodate the initial Nursery classes of the school.
The names of those who must be mentioned in the founding and establishment of the school are Late Deacon A.O Bamgbose, Deacon A . Akinlawon, Mr. B.F Dada & Mrs. A. Taiwo. These among others, supported by the membership of the church, were involved in the organization, planning and establishment of the school. Necessary approval was sought and obtained from the Western State Ministry of Education.
The Nursery and Primary School opened its doors to the 1st Batch of children on the 19th of January, 1970 with Mrs. Adeniyi as its first and foundation headmistress.
The fortune of Oritamefa Baptist Nursery and Primary school went down from over 1,000 to about 600. Income of the school could no longer meet the spiraling expenditure, especially staff emoluments. The church had to assume the responsibility of augmenting the income of the school in order to meet important expenditures. An attempt to arrest the down turn in income by increasing school fees aggravated the situation because there were/are multitudes of cheap Nursery/ Primary School around Total garden. Parents/guardians then withdrew their children/wards to those schools
It became expedient to carry out staff structural adjustment exercise on aprogrammed basis/phases. The goal was to reduce expenditure on staff emoluments, which gulped about 80% of the school income. Younger qualified teachers were employed on a competitive salary scale while the old staff members on high salaries were discharged with full benefits
To God be the glory the school gained financial stability and enrolment has reached a level of over 1,000 pupils
The following people were privileged to serve as Chairman
- Deacon O. Bamgbose - 1970 - 1974
- Mr. G.O Okudiya - 1975 - 1976
- Dr. T.A Awoniyi - 1976 - 1978
- Late Deacon A.O Omoni - 1979 - 1980
- Dr. W.O Ayepeku - 1980 - 1981
- Dr. H.A Ajagbe - 1981 - 1984
- Deacon M.B Ogunniyi - 1985 - 1986
- Deaconess O. Ugbebor - 1986 - 1988
- Bro. Yemi Obakin - 1992 - 1995
- Sis Yemi Ipadeola - 1998 - 1999
- Deacon Kayode Alade - 2002 - 2005
- Deacon Poju Adeleke - 2006 - 2009
THE RECENT TREND IN OBS
The rush, the desire and the rate at which parents are bent on getting their children admitted into ORITAMEFA BAPTIST NURSERY AND PRIMARY SCHOOL is quite alarming.
To this end, Oral and written interviews, are now conducted for KG 1 and Transfer in order to give more rooms for new pupils to gain admission into the school.
The Management has well qualified and capable teachers who work assiduously towards the pupils’ excellent academic performances. Some of our pupils are given double promotion from pry 4 to 6 due to their excellent performances. The school’s Value Statement is “EXCELLENCE THROUGH INTEGRITY”.
In order to provide qualitative education and a conductive spiritual and moral environment for our pupils and children from other schools, Oritamefa Baptist Church through the vision God gave Rev. S.M Leigh started a Secondary School – Oritamefa Baptist Model School, Total Garden.
To the glory of God, since the inception of the Model School in 1996, many of our pupils from the Nursery and Primary (OBN/PS) have gained and are still gaining admission into the school with high percentages.
Presently, the school has 27 classrooms with 34 teaching staff members. 5 cleaners, 5 Administrative staff. The present chairperson is Deaconess M.B Olajide.
The Under listed people were is privileged to serve the School as Head teachers
- Mrs. F.A Adeniyi - January 1970 - August 1977
- Mr. E.K Adeodokun (Acting) - August 1977 - August 1978
- Mrs. J.O Akintola - September 1978 - September 1987
- Mr. J.A.A Kolawole - October 1987 - October 1989
- Mr. J.E.K Cobinnah (Acting) - October 1989 - September 1990
- Mrs. F.A Oyedeji (Acting) - October 1900 - May 1992
- Late Deacon S.I Ojo - May 1992 - May 1995
- Mrs. M.O Akinwale - May 1995 - December 2005
- Mrs. B.E Adebiyi - December 2004 - April 2006
- Mr. I.O Ajani - April 2006 - March, 2007
- Mrs. J.F Olusegun - April 2007 - to date
All Glory to God for His enabling grace upon the Management of Oritamefa Baptist Nursery and Primary School.