Ekiti State government says its quest to reposition the education sector is already yielding dividends as the state placed 11th out of the 36 states of the federation in last year’s senior secondary school examinations conducted by the West African Examinations Council, WAEC.
Thirty-seven percent of the candidates had no fewer than five credit passes, including English Language and Mathematics, out of the 13, 690 candidates presented for the public examinations taken by final year secondary school students in English-speaking countries in West Africa.
Speaking through the Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Mr Idowu Adelusi, the governor expressed delight with the development, stating that a jump from 35th position to the 11th a little over a year of the assumption of office was remarkable.
“Out of the 13,690 candidates presented for the examination, 3,876 male and 4,327 female, making a total of 8,203 candidates had five credit passes or more. That is about 60 per cent of the number of candidates presented.
“However, 2,405 male and 2,635 female making a total of 5.040 candidates had five or more credit passes including English Language and Mathematics. That is 37 per cent of the candidates presented for the examinations in 183 public senior secondary schools in the state.
”Also, the state government has paid the sum of N411.7million to 5,130 teachers as core subject and rural allowances to teachers. This is to motivate teachers handling core subjects and those in rural and far-flung schools that are difficult to staff. The state is doing this to motivate the teachers and not to deny students in rural schools quality education.
“Those who had doctorate degrees and were professing one thing or the other were in office and education hit the rocks during their tenure. Ekiti people should be rest assured that this is just the beginning of good things to come in that sector,” he said.
The governor said he would not rest on his oars until he returns the state to the top position.
“This year again, the state government is assisting those preparing to sit for the UTME with special coaching classes paid for by the government. Teachers’ welfare will be accorded priority as usual and only recently, the governor approved money for the purchase of instructional materials in public schools,” he added.

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