By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI — Angry reactions have continued to trail the reported poor outing of Imo students in the last West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE, conducted by the West African Examinations Council, WAEC.
What troubled most respondents, yesterday, was the fact that the poor outing came at a time the state government was boasting of its free education programme.
A teacher, who pleaded anonymity, lamented that government’s directive was that no pupil should be sent out of school for not possessing the required textbooks and writing materials.
“The sad thing is that the textbooks, writing materials, uniforms, school bags, sandals, chairs, tables and other needs of the students, promised by the state government, are yet to go round nearly four years after the free education programme took off,” the teacher said.
While wondering how people expected teachers to perform miracles on a student with these palpable deficiencies, the educationist also appealed to government to critically review its performance in the education sector to effect changes where necessary.
Speaking when he played host to women leaders of All Progressives Congress, APC, Owerri zone, the Commissioner for Internally Generated Revenue and Pension Matters, Mr. Nick Opara-Ndudu, expressed displeasure at the output of educational institutions.