FG okays N5bn for Primary 5 textbooks
By Daniel Idonor
A possible end to massive failure of students at the secondary school level appears in sight as Acting President Goodluck Jonathan, Wednesday, directed the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayatu Rufai, to immediately convey a stakeholdersâ€™ summit where all issues bordering on the general examination conduct can be discussed and addressed.
The decision is coming on the heels of the mass failure of students in last year’s National Examination Council, NECOâ€™s examinations, and the unacceptable widespread attitude of officials of the ministries of education at levels of government.
The summit will enable the country tackle problems arising from the mass failure in examinations after a careful assessment and identification of all the factors causing it.
Briefing State House Correspondents at the end the weekly meeting of the Executive Council of the Federation, EXCOF, which was presided over by the Acting President, Ruqayatu said the summit had become imperative to address the problem headlong.
Although the minister said the idea of the summit was from the ministry, Vanguard gathered that the idea which culminated into a directive came from an apparent dissatisfied Jonathan who had given a marching order to the education ministry to sit up and perform so that the ugly situation does not repeat itself this year.
Meanwhile, EXCOF, yesterday, approved N5 billion for the procurement of books to primary five pupils and library titles for distribution across the country.
The Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili, added that government had approved N745.920 million for procurement and distribution of 2,331 science kits for junior secondary schools across the country and the printing of and distribution of English and Mathematics textbooks for primary five pupils and assorted library books for junior secondary schools.