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Why poor education standard persists, by FG

BENIN—THE Federal Government has blamed the poor standard of education in the country on what it described as the unencouraging attitude of parents, students and teachers,  who are involved in certificate forgery and other examination malpractices.

The Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqqayatu Rufa’i, who lamented this yesterday at Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State, when she commissioned projects built by the management of the school, added that “this development attributed to the high rate of failure in recent national examinations, such as the National Examination Council, NECO, West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE, the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, and many others.”

The Minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi, said  “this obvious decline in the standard of education in Nigeria, would be corrected through the implementation of the recommendations suggested at a recent education summit.”

According to her, “one of the major cause of unrest in our campuses is inadequate facilities, which is as a result of over stretching of the ones available. The Federal Government is concerned about the state of education in Nigeria.

Government is particularly worried about the embarrassing failure rate of students in public examinations and the poor reading habits, which have been observed amongst students.

“To underscore government’s commitment to addressing the shortcomings in the educational sector, a summit of stakeholders was held recently in Abuja to examine some of the issues in education. I want to assure that the recommendations from the summit would be fully implemented so as to restore integrity and credibility to our educational system.”

Speaking on the need for reputable polytechnics to award degrees (Bachelor of Technology), Afolabi said the National University Commission, NUC,  would be empowered to co-ordinate award of degrees by all institutions, so that there would be no discrepancy in  standard.

Earlier in her welcome address, Rector of the school, Dr Philipa Idogho said the 47 year old institution had experienced tremendous infrastructural development in the last two years when she took over the saddle of leadership.


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