OYO State Government has been enjoined not to get carried away with the feat achieved in the recently released NECO 2016 results with a charge that more efforts should be put in place to redeem the lost glory of the education sector.
A socio-cultural group under the auspices of Oyo Development Initiative (ODI) gave the admonition in a statement on Thursday while reacting to the news report that Ogun and Oyo States came first and second respectively in the 2016 NECO results.
The coordinator of the group, Dr. Adesola Okanlawon said that Oyo State Government should be commended for its renewed efforts to improve the education standard in the state, saying that education is the only legacy that could be bequeathed to the young ones.
The coordinator stressed , “the state of education in the state for some years has been worrisome especially when it comes to external examinations like WAEC and NECO. Mass failure has been the order of the day and the state was no more setting the pace.
“This recently released NECO rating has justified the Oyo State government’s resolve to rejig the education sector. The opponents of the no automatic promotion policy would have seen now that the present administration in the state meant well for the people. With the no automatic promotion, the government will present its best and average students for examinations and the results will be better,” he explained.
In addition, Okanlawon restated that the government should not abandon its new education policy for optimal performance of the students, urging that the School Governing Boards (SGB) of schools in the state should be supported and monitored for positive deliverables.
His statement reads, “we appeal to the Oyo State Government to be firm with its new education policy and ensure that the SGBs function in tandem with the objectives it set for them. The government should ensure that the excellent performance in the NECO 2016 is not a fluke and this can be achieved by being firm with its policies and programmes in the education sector”.
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