By Peter Duru
MAKURDI â€” The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has blamed poor funding and the crisis that had bedevilled the nationâ€™s educational sector as responsible for the mass failure at the recently conducted senior secondary school certificate examinations in the country.
It also accused the state and Federal Governments of being largely insincere about their commitment to the provision of qualitative education for all Nigerians.
National President of ASUU, Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie, who made this declaration while addressing newsmen in Makurdi, lamented that the perceived dishonesty on the part of successive governments at implementing policies and programmes that were aimed at uplifting the nationâ€™s educational standards had left the nation worse off.
Awuzieâ€™s comment came against the backdrop of recent revelations that only two per cent of the total number of candidates that sat for the 2009 NECO examination passed five subjects which is a basic requirement for entry into Nigerian universities and other tertiary institutions.
The ASUU National President explained that the mass failure was a clear testimony to the fact that there was crisis in the education system in Nigeria.
He described the consistently poor performance of senior secondary students in key university entrance examination as a testimony not only to the virtual collapse of and serious systemic crises in the nationâ€™s primary and post primary educational system but also a measure of stateâ€™s total lack of seriousness and commitment to the sector despite governmentâ€™s policy pronouncement and grandstanding.
He maintained that the development also vindicated ASUU as it confirms its position since 1978 that the nationâ€™s educational sector has been under intense threat from combined onslaught of gross under-funding and its attendant inadequacies as well as decay in infrastructure and poor staffing.