From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina
Katsina state Commissioner of education Professor Badamasi Lawal Charanchi has said that the government is working assiduously to restore the lost glory of education through adequate budgetary allocation and purposeful implementation of policies to revamp the sector across the state.
This is even as the government added that the effort has begun yielding desired results with 84.9 percent of its students who sat for the last National Examination Council (NECO), scoring five credits and above in any subjects.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Prof Badamasi Lawal said of the 52,285 candidates who sat for the 2019 NECO examinations, 44,408 of them, or 84.9 percent, scored five credits and above in any subjects.
Lawal described the percentage figure as unprecedented for the state that had struggled in the past, to keep up with others in the country in the area of final-year examination results for students in secondary schools.
He said of the 44,408 candidates, 33,682 of them or 75.84 percent, scored five credits and above, including Mathematics and English Language.
He also said that of the 74,188 candidates that sat for NECO and West African Examination Council (WAEC) in 2019; 58,928 of them (79.4 percent), scored five credits and above in any subjects.
He said 41,667 candidates (70.7 percent) that sat for NECO and WAEC examinations in the same year, scored five credits and above, including Mathematics and English Language.
Lawal, who compared outcome of final-year examination for students under the current administration with that of the past, said there was substantial improvement under the former than there was in the latter.
The commissioner attributed the improvement to several factors, including increase in budgetary allocation to the sector, as well as recruitment of additional teachers for both primary and secondary schools.
He also said that prompt payment of teachers’ salaries, adequate provision of instructional resource, and training and retraining of teachers, played important role in the improvement recorded during the last NECO examination.
He assured that government would continue to give attention to the sector, as well as payment of NECO, WAEC and related examination fees for qualified students across the state.