Kogi Government Monitors Basic Six Examination’s Conduct, Promises Massive Education Transformation
The Kogi State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hon. Wemi Jones, FCIB, has restated the commitment of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello, to ensure massive education transformation across the state.
Jones gave the assurance in Lokoja, while speaking to journalists shortly after monitoring the conduct of 2021 Basic Six Examination (First School Leaving Certificate Examination), held on Saturday across the state..
According to him, the ministry has ensured that a lot of contingency approaches are put in place which had resulted in tremendous improvement upon the last year’s exercise.
”That is why we are having this result that is being attested to by the teachers and other stakeholders’.
”They all acknowledged that there were much more improvements in this exam upon that of last year.
”We have three major internal examinations which are: Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), Common Entrance Examination (CEE), and Basic Six Certificate Examination or School Leaving Certificate Examination.
”My advice to everybody is that we should all be on ground as a team right from the ministry to make sure that things work well and accordingly”, he said.
Represented by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Pastor Emmanuel Idenyi, the Commissioner urged teachers, parents and pupils to continue to play their roles to ensure compliance with examination requirements and processes at all time.
He assured that the ministry would continue to play its roles, work together as a team by ensuring that they operate according to the drafted action plans.
He added that team work would also complement the Governor’s efforts in transforming education sector, to take its prime place through massive infrastructural transformation in the state.
He emphasised that His Excellency had given the Ministry enough priority through the 20 per cent allocation to education sector from the state annual Budget beginning from last year.
He added that there were ongoing massive constructions and rehabilitations of education infrastructures especially the ongoing GYB Model Secondary schools’ project across the state.
”We must play our role to make sure we complement the effort of His Excellency, to take education to a better place.
”I want to assure you that there will be massive transformation in education sector across the state under this present administration led by His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello”, he said.
Also speaking, Mr Dipo Ayenibe, the Director Exams, Admissions and Certifications of the Ministry, commended the Commissioner and the Permanent Secretary, for giving them a level playing ground to perform their roles without any interference.
According to Ayenibe, 5,300 pupils are sitting for the exam in Lokoja, and about 45,000 pupils of both public and private schools across the state.
Some of the Teachers at the schools’ visited, commended the State Government and the Ministry for putting the necessary arrangements in place to ensue smooth and hitch free internal examinations.
Mr Ameen Lawal, a Teacher at Model 3 LGEA Adankolo, Lokoja, said, ”as far as this examination is concern, there has been no challenge, everything has been going on smoothly.
”We received all the necessary materials for the exam very early, and we started on time according to the exam time table.
”I give kudos to the State Government and Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, for this tremendous improvement upon the exercise compared to 2020 internal examinations.
The Head Teacher of Saint Luke Model School Adankolo, Mr Abubakar Sani, said that the conduct of the exam has been very orderly and far better than that of last year.
Sani commended the State Government and the Ministry for putting the necessary thing in place which had ensured a successful and hitch free examination exercise
Other schools visited were: Saint Mary LGEA School, Saint Luke Model School Adankolo, Lokongoma LGEA School, among others.