Osun APC Tells Aregbesola’s Critics To Rethink

Osun APC Tells Aregbesola's Critics To RethinkThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun state has called on citizens who are loudly opposed to Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s reforms in the education sector to think again.

In a statement on Monday in Osogbo, from the party’s Directorate of Publicity, Research and Strategy, signed by its Director, Kunle Oyatomi, the party insisted that “no amount of reckless criticism of the state education policy can diminish its impact on educational development in the state”.

According to the party, “if critics and political opponents act blind and ignorant, intelligent and responsible people in the country and abroad have continued to acknowledge and appreciate Aregbesola’s achievements in that regard”.

One of such acknowledgements, the party said, came at the weekend, from the head of the Nigeria National Office of West African Examination Council (WAEC), Mr Isaac Adenipekun.

Speaking during a visit to the Governor in Osogbo, Mr Adenipekun described the Mega Schools Project of Osun as “second to none in Nigeria”.

He also described as remarkable and revolutionary, the development in education infrastructure innovation and content that the Aregbesola-led APC government has effected in Osun in the last six years.

WAEC Endorses Aregbesola's 'Opon Imo'
Head of the Nigeria National Office of the WAEC, Mr Olutise Adenipekun with Governor Aregbesola

He also described the knowledge tablet (Opon Imo) as a great development which has enabled students that are writing Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) to overcome most of their difficulties.

“These achievements have resonated throughout the country and beyond,” the APC claimed, adding that, “it has even won awards internationally”.

“The people of Osun should therefore stand tall over these achievements. They should not allow selfish politicians, and misdirected interest groups to diminish their pride through false claims, designed by the opposition to scandalise the Governor

“History will vindicate Aregbesola and generations of beneficiaries of his educational revolution in Osun, will in future, curse those who today are trying to destroy the governor’s good work.

“Already, WAEC, through its head of a National Office, Mr Adenipekun has endorsed the project as the best in Nigeria.

“Many more people will do so in the months and years ahead to the shame and discredit of the opposition,” the party concluded.

WAEC Endorses Aregbesola’s ‘Opon Imo’

WAEC Endorses Aregbesola's 'Opon Imo'
Head of the Nigeria National Office of the WAEC, Mr Olutise Adenipekun with Governor Aregbesola

The West African Examination Council (WAEC), has endorsed Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s policies, especially in the education sector.

Delivering a frame of endorsement to the Governor over the weekend, Head of the Nigeria National Office of the council, Mr Isaac Adenipekun, who led a delegation of the national management of WAEC to the Governor’s office in Osogbo, said Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s interventions in education is “second to none” in Nigeria.

Adenipekun said, “The ongoing revolution in the infrastructural re-engineering of the school complexes in the state of Osun has also caught the attention of all stakeholders in the education sector in Nigeria and beyond.

“The immense contribution of the state government in the development of infrastructural facilities in schools, in particular, the “Mega Schools Project” is remarkable. It is in fact second to none in Nigeria”, he stressed.

WAEC Endorses Aregbesola's 'Opon Imo'

Adenipekun said Osun has contributed significantly towards enhancing Information and Communication Technology, ICT required in education sector which according to him remains the prerequisite to development of quality education in the country.

Adenipekun, who recommended the Tablet of Knowledge to other states of the federation said the initiative had contributed towards educational development.

He described the innovation as a tool of educational revolution, breakthrough aimed at enhancing and encouraging the process of teaching and learning through the use of innovative technology.WAEC Endorses Aregbesola's 'Opon Imo'

“We are particularly proud of the landmark achievement and the major breakthrough of the current administration in Osun most significantly in education sector by the introduction of the ground breaking ‘Tablet of Knowledge’ also known as “Opon Imo” to students of the state at secondary level.

“As we commend the efforts of Mr. Governor on the landmark achievement and major breakthrough of his administration in education most importantly on the widely applauded ‘Tablet of Knowledge’ which had improved and encouraged teaching and learning, we equally recommend other states to key into this initiative so as to improve the education sector,” he added.

Governor Aregbesola who described “the Tablet of Knowledge” as a panacea to education revolution, said the state had recorded national and international awards on the initiative.

Commending WAEC for maintaining education standards in the country, Governor Aregbesola said the examination body had contributed tremendously in raising the standards of education in the West African sub-region.

Expert Advocates Review Of WAEC Candidates’ Selection Process

education, WAEC While speaking of the failing educational system in Nigeria, Founder of School’s Compass, Oluwayomi Ojo, says that the system that produces candidates for WAEC, should be reviewed.

“The woeful performance of students in the West African Examination Council, (WAEC), starts from Jss1, not the final examination classes of Junior secondary school 3 Or senior secondary school 3, ” he said.

This only proves that the government should have “raised the bar of education from the scratch,” Mr Ojo added.

According to him, in most cases, the school merely passes the students during the internal examinations and leaves them to be judged eventually by external examination bodies such as WAEC, who unfortunately do not run such a curriculum of ‘automatic promotion’.

Analysing the issue of unmerited ‘automatic promotion’ granted to some students, he explained further, giving instances whereby a class surpasses its initial capacity and a lot of students have to repeat.

“The system is already stretched and will only be worse when repeating students are added to the number.”

His argument follows the wanton destruction carried out on four major schools by protesting college students.

The Isale Oyo community high school, Oba Adeyemi High school, Araromi, both in Oyo town, Ibadan, were among those that had been burnt down to ashes.

Eye witness accounts said that the protest was a result of what the students regarded as “high level of failure” which would hinder majority of them from being promoted to the next level.

Mr Ojo said the issue of mass failure, “has always been in existence for as long as God knows when, however, it has always been masked with some sort of automatic promotion for everybody”.

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Over the burning of school property, he said the government had seen the event coming, but decided to ‘play the ostrich’ by ignoring the issues.

He said teachers as well as parents have not actually sat down to unravel the problem which he says is not far-fetched.

Highlighting other problems involved in the education sector, he said the average School Principle today, is likely to enroll their children in Private schools even while working in a government school.

This according to him already shows that there are problems in the system, which nobody (the government), has sought to address.

Describing the system as barbaric, he however condoned the actions of the students saying that no matter what may have gone wrong, they shouldn’t have gone to that extent.

New Edo State CP Set For Governorship Election

Police,Edo State Governorship ElectionThe newly appointed Commissioner of Police in Edo State, Mr Olafimihan Adeoye, says all security arrangements made so far to ensure a smooth conduct of the September 10 governorship election will remain untouched.

Mr Adeoye made the statement on Monday in an interview with Channels Television shortly after resuming work at the Police Headquarters in Benin City, the state’s capital in south-south Nigeria.

The Police Commissioner took over from Mr Chris Ezike who had been redeployed to the Police College in Ikeja, Lagos State.

Meanwhile, some candidates of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) of the General Certificate Examination (GCE) have called for the postponement of the Edo State governorship election.

The examination applicants voiced their demand in a protest, at the Government House in the state’s capital with placards bearing various inscriptions.

They said that holding the examination and the poll on the same day would disenfranchise them.

The GCE candidates also took their protest to the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission and the secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party in Benin City.

WAEC Declares 14.3% Increase In 2016 Performance

WAECThe West African Examination Council (WAEC) says there has been a 14.3% improvement in candidates’ performance in the May/June 2016 Senior School Certificate Examinations.

The Head of WAEC in Nigeria, Mr Olu Adenipekun, said this while announcing the release of the results at the Council’s national office in Lagos, southwest Nigeria.

Mr Adenipekun disclosed that more than 800,000 out of the over 1.5 million candidates that sat the examination this year had credits in 5 subjects including English and Mathematics which allows them to process university admissions.

He acknowledged that the performance was better than that of 2014 and 2015 where the percentage passes were 31.28% and 38.68% respectively.

“WAEC will not compromise, WAEC will just come out and give you the assessment as they were, without changing the standard” he said.

The WAEC official lauded the candidates for their improved preparation for the exams in 2016 which he said had reflected in the results, compared to the previous years.

He also extended the credit to the teachers, the government and various stakeholders in the education sector that have contributed one way or the other to the success recorded.

Mr Adenipekun further appealed to the stakeholders to ensure that the trend of improvement was sustained and expressed hope that a greater feat would be made in 2017.

WAEC Withholds Results Of Sponsored Candidates From 13 States

waec-WASSCE-2015The result of sponsored candidates from 13 states, indebted to the West African Examination Council (WAEC) are being withheld.

The WAEC’s Head of National Office, Dr Charles Eguridu, told journalists in Lagos on Monday, that the withheld results may be released, as soon as the council gets its payment from the schools.

Among those who sat for the examination, 864,096 were male, while 729,346 were female.

The examination body has fully released 94.01 percent of the total results for the May/June examination.

Amosun Orders Payment Of 500 Million Naira WAEC Debt

amosunThe Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, says he has ordered the immediate payment of about 500 million Naria the state owes the West African Examination Council (WAEC).

Governor Amosun gave the hints on Wednesday while inaugurating the State’s Local Government Transition Committee held at the Obas’ Complex in Abeokuta, the state’s capital.

Urging members of the Transition Committee to shun politics of bitterness, the Governor also asked them to effectively key into the rebuilding mission of his administration for the good of all.

While assuring residents of the state of better days ahead, Governor Amosun seized the occasion to explain some of the policies of his administration. He promised that pensions arrears being owed would be paid soonest.

Speaking on behalf of the Transition Committee Members, Mr Majid Ekelojumati of Ijebu North, promised not to betray the confidence reposed in them by the people of their respective Local Governments.

Boko Haram: Lawyer Asks FG To Finger Persons Fuelling Insecurity

Ahmed AkanbiA Nigerian lawyer has asked the government to identify individuals in opposition parties contributing to the increasing insecurity and prosecute them.

Mr Ahmed Akanbi’s comments on Thursday are coming a day after the Federal Government blamed opposition political parties for insecurity in the land saying “if the parties have done well in states under their control, Nigeria could have been a more peaceful country”.

Maku’s comment, according to Mr Akanbi, is a deliberate blame game that had been on since the insurgency in the north east began, stressing that there is complete distrust between the Federal Government and the Borno State government.

He said that the situation had become a tale of two elephants fighting and the grass suffering, insisting that if the blame game continues, it will be extremely difficult for insurgency to be combated.

“There is a Latin phrase which says that ‘in unity there is victory’ and as long as they keep speaking with different voices for reasons that may not be too obvious to us, the Boko Haram will continue to exist.

“The blame game has to stop at some point,” he stressed.

The blame game had escalated since over 200 girls were abducted from their dormitory at the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State.

Mr Akanbi was of the opinion that the West African Examination Council (WAEC) should not have conducted the examination without evidence that security personnel were on ground to protect the girls.

As the letter originated from WAEC to the Borno State government and the government in turn wrote to the commissioner of police.

“If WAEC know that Borno State was not safe for the conduct of exam, why did they continue with the exam? They might as well hold back on the conduct of that exam.

“If somebody tells me to go and conduct an exercise and I know that place is not safe and I do not have any written documentation to guaranty my safety, why would I go there? I won’t go there,” he said.

He expressed dissatisfaction with the contradictory statements from government officials and security personnel and called for effort to be made to ensure that they speak with one voice.

“People involved in the Bring Back Our Girls campaign have been accused of politicising the campaign, but are Oby Ezekwesili, Femi Falana, Adisa Bala-Usman and all the Nollywood stars involved in the campaign members of the opposition?

“We have been told that the governors of the state are responsible for the insurgency. If it is the opposition, has any arrest been made?

“The Minister should not make bare statements devoid of any factual basis and that is what we are saying. People should stand up to their duties.

“I look up to my President for leadership, succour and protection, but when the president moves in a different direction and an official working under him moves in another direction, who do you believe,” he said.

Mr Akanbi called on the government to stop the blame game and take more drastic actions to end the insurgency.

Chibok Abduction: PDP Chairman Berates State Government’s Approach

Adamu MuazuThe National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Muazu, believes that the Borno State Governor as the Chief Security Officer of his state should do more in the search for the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls.

In an exclusive interview with Channels Television and his first major interview since becoming the Chairman of the PDP, Mr Muazu feels that the Chibok situation has been used as a political tool.

The PDP Chairman spoke with our correspondent, Betty Dibia in South Africa.

He made reference to the warnings that preceded the Chibok incident which should have prevented the State Governor from allowing the school to host exams but which he refused to heed.

Muazu cited warnings by the Ministry of Education and the West African Examination Council, WAEC, expressing their fears and the view that the school was not suitable but which the State Government met with assurances of adequate security, only for the attack to be successfully carried out by the insurgents.

He, therefore, condemned the idea of the Governor traveling abroad and speaking to foreign media organizations and divulging what he saw as issues of Nigeria’s governance.

Dame Patience Sets Up Committee To Investigate Chibok Abduction

patience jonathanThe First lady Dame Patience Jonathan has set up a committee to investigate the abduction of over 200 girls in Cbibok, a community in Borno State.

In an in depth meeting with wives of governors, female legislators, and leaders of the various women groups in the country designed to unravel the circumstances surrounding the abduction, the First Lady was told by the head of the West African Examination Council, Mr Charles Eguridu that the Borno state government rejected the request by WAEC to relocate the over 530 students that wrote the examination to a well secure center where adequate security was guaranteed.

He said contrary to widespread belief, Chibok Government Secondary School is a mixed school which necessitated the registration of 135 male students out of the 350 registered for the examination. After the incident, 189 students were relocated to the Uba examination center where they continued with the examination, he added.

At another meeting in the office of the First Lady, with a group of women expressed their frustration and wondered if they would have got to the positions they occupy, if they were abducted as young girls.

The First Lady further summoned the head of WAEC, Charles Eguruidu, who disclosed details about the number of girls that wrote the examination before the abduction, and presented the pictures and the registration details.

The Borno state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hajia Inna Galadima, who stood in for the wife of the governor, Nana Shettima told the gathering that 53 girls are currently in custody of the state government, following which the first lady set up a six member committee to be chaired by the wife of Borno state governor, to follow up on the revelations and expressed a determination to get to the root of the matter.

WAEC Is Better Than NECO – Prof Osarenren

A former Commissioner of Education, Prof. Ngozi Osarenren has said that the regional examination body WAEC (West African Examination Council) is better and more effective than its Nigerian counterpart, National Examination Council (NECO).

Speaking as a guest on Sunrise Daily, the Professor of Counseling and Psychology with University of Lagos questioned the need for Nigeria to have an indigenous examination body stating that the regional examination body is better.

Prof. Osarenren’s statement is coming on the heels of a federal government policy to dislodge NECO and a number of agencies in its bid to cut the cost of governance.

“What we should be talking about is the sanctity and credibility of our exams; not the duplicity of exam bodies.” Prof. Osarenren stated as she decried the establishment of NECO just to soothe Nigeria’s somewhat national pride for the sake of having its own national examination body.

“If we want to say the truth, we have to first of all start with a proper assessment and evaluation of the activities of NECO since 1999 since it was set up. Has it met the objectives?”

She opined that the regional examination body, WAEC is more competitive and better and can be used in any region of the continent as it is the same exam written across the West African sub-region.

Scrapping of JAMB

Prof. Osarenren confirmed that Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) will now be assuming a supervisory role as reported by the new federal government policy.

She however stated that the idea would be good only “if honesty is raised to what it ought to be” warning that just the restructuring of JAMB shouldn’t be the major but an overhaul the admission policy into the nation’s tertiary institutions.

According to the academician “only 40 per cent of candidates are admitted on merit.”

She further revealed that admissions are currently awarded on the following basis: 40 per cent on merit, 30 per cent on catchment, 30 per cent on Educationally Less Developed States (ELDS).

She expressed fears that with such admission procedure, Nigeria’s educational system will never be rated world class except admissions are awarded on merit.

She lamented the failure of Nigeria to be rated among the top 10 universities in Africa despite the myriad of institutions in the country.