Aregbesola raises panel to tackle pupils’ mass failure

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Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola has set
up a nine-man committee headed by the acting
Vice-Chancellor of Bola Ige University, Prof. Jelil
Oguntola, to find solutions to the state’s public
schools’ poor showing in national examinations.

Aregbesola, in a statement by his spokesman,
Semiu Okanlawon, on Sunday, said the
committee would also verify the
implementation of the reforms initiated by his
administration in the four state-owned tertiary
institutions.
The state owns polytechnics at Iree and Esa
Oke as well as colleges of education in Ilesa
and Ila Orangun.
Aregbesola said, “It is the desire of the
government to put a stop to secondary school
pupils’ yearly poor performances in external
examinations. Time is ripe for something to be
done urgently to ensure that the performances
of pupils reflect the heavy investment in
education by the government.
“The realisation of the poor performance of our
pupils over a decade compelled us to ask the
tertiary institutions to offer remedial courses
for more of our students to be ‘matriculable’.
“The committee is therefore to verify the
progress on the implementation of all the
reforms we have initiated in the four
institutions in focus.”
The governor also directed the committee to
carry out staff verification in the four
institutions to be sure that the available
resources to the schools were being judiciously
used.
He also directed the committee, which has two
weeks to complete its work, to review the
institutions’ curriculums.
He added that his administration wanted to be
sure that the institutions were properly set up
for the kind of education the Nigerian society
needed for growth.
Oguntola said the students, their parents and
guardians should be encouraged to stop
cheating in examinations.
He said, “This committee will do all in its
capacity to make sure government policies and
projects are better implemented.
“On the need to give vocational training, we will
ensure that the institutions train people to be
self-reliant in basic skills they need to function
in the society. If this can’t be done, it means
we have failed as institutions.”

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