BY: Tunde Oyekola,Osogbo.
The People’s Democratic Party, PDP in Osun state, yesterday linked mass failure of senior secondary 2 students in WAEC qualifying examinations conducted recently by the state Ministry of Education, to
an alleged plot by government to limit number of candidates that will be presented for the examination.
The party said from its findings, government resorted to limiting the candidates that will sit for the examination to only 7,000 out of 35,000 eligible public school students, because the government is
broke and secondly because it is afraid that the state may further slip down from its present 29th position on WAEC passing rate, should all eligible candidates sit for the examination.
The disclosure was made by the spokesperson of the party in the state, Prince Diran Odeyemi in a statement issued in Osogbo on during the week.
The statement said even for the last WAEC, Osun state is still owing the examination body millions of Naira and thus, the result is not available in schools across the state.
“It is a pity Osun is in this mess. The situation is resultants effects of years of cover up, neglect and overt insincerity evidenced by quick motion without any movement of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in
handling delicate task of providing quality education for the knowledge seekers in the state”
“Aregbesola resorted to limiting the number of candidates because he could no longer cope with the electoral promises of paying WAEC fees for public school students”
“If he goes ahead to register only 7, 000 that were declared qualified in the mock examination, Aregbesola only needs half of the number, 3,500 to pass at least 5 subjects, including Maths and English to earn Osun a place among best 10 states. Should this be achieved, Mr. Governor would have successfully deceived peoples outside the state, when the reality remains that Osun’s education has been completely destroyed under his watch,” the statement explained.
The PDP however urged Aregbesola, rather than seek stop gap measures, to stop treating education as intangibles and admit his failures despite introduction of several initiatives that were never intended
to lift the sector, but mainly designed to settle friends and family.
“We implore EFCC and other anti graft bodies to probe Osun’s spending on education sector from 2010. We also advise Aregbesola to stop looking for escape route. He should revisit his school merger policy
and motivate teachers, if he is sincere about arresting the downward slide in the sector”, the party concluded.