By Adebayo Joshua | Ilorin
A non-governmental organization Ameliorators International Initiative has called on the Kwara State Governor Abdulrasaq Abdulrahman to make as top priority the choice of person to be appointed as commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development and Tertiary Institution.
The group in a statement signed by its Chief Executive Director, Ishowo Yakub and made available to CAMPUS FOCUS on Wednesday, said Education Sector in the state needs more attention.
“Your Excellency Sir, this body wants to remind you that, it was the top priority of your campaign promises that you will take Education very important and recently you reemphasized your readiness to give Education sector the needed attention in your reign.
According to the statement, Teachers training and moral standard is no longer in the School system in the state. Added that the are still a lot to be done on the standard of graduates we been produce in the state tertiary Institution.
“Teachers Training is key in ensuring effective discharge of their duties but, it is quite unfortunate that a comprehensive Training of teachers took place in Kwara state long ago therefore, no miracle should be expected of teachers who are not well equipped to discharge their duties that will meet up the minimum standard.
In the past, we used to have a security outfit that monitored the movement of Students when the daily activities in the school were in progress, the students for the fear of being arrested and punished will remain in their schools till closing time.
“No students will go unpunished for any act of misconduct then. But today in our secondary schools, your Excellency Sir, students now threaten teachers and nothing will happen. In fact, there have been cases where students invaded their own school, beat teacher in a day light and nothing happened. In the light of this common instance in our various schools, I hope, pray and wish discipline will be restored to our public schools.
“In recent time, The National Bureau of Statistics released the statistics of Students that have 5 Credits including Mathematics and English in WAEC examinations with Kwara at the top of performance in the North Central states with 49.24% which is below average and it may interest you to know, your Excellency Sir that, the 49.24% obtained by Kwara state as reported by NBS was with a huge students involvement in examination malpractices. So, if Kwara can record 49.24% with students involving in Examination malpractices you would have imagined where we would have been without malpractices.
“The standard, the tuition fees, the type of graduates we produce, your Excellency, you will agree with me there are a lot to be done as soon as possible.
Understanding your interest in the education sector both at secondary and tertiary level, we passionately appeal that, competent hands should be appointed to Pilot the affairs of both Ministries of Education and Human Capital Development and that of Tertiary Education.”