By Demola Akinyemi
Ilorin—THE Kwara State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Alhaji Bolaji Abdullahi, has said that the only way out for the mass failure in our education sector is for stakeholders to agree to return to the old system, whereby no ward must be promoted to the next class unless such student passed satisfactorily.
The Commissioner, in an interview with journalists in Ilorin, yesterday, added that unless government at all levels accord priority to primary education and addresses its challenges, students would continue to record mass failure in NECO and WAEC examinations.
He said: “The only way out is for Nigerians and stakeholders in the education sector to return to the old system where children would not be promoted until they prove their ability for the level.”
He expressed concern that the mass failure recorded during NECO and WAEC examinations as released by the two bodies, was an evidence of the decay in the nation’s education system which he described as a challenge that must be genuinely and urgently addressed.
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Alhaji Abdullahi added that the issue of improving the education sector has nothing to do with counting the number of children that had gone through school but rather counting the number of children who got education, stressing, however that, “people should not expect immediate results in the ongoing education reforms of the Kwara State government.”
He particularly appealed to parents to counsel their children to guide against being used as thugs during elections, stressing that government would equally monitor pupils against such acts.