- Recent revelation by WAEC indicates that Osun state has recorded 70% pass in 2018 WASSCE
- The state commissioner for education, Kola Omotunde-Young, said that the development reflected the efforts of the Rauf Aregbesola-led administration in education
- Omotunde-Young, further said that the percentage is an improvement on past developments where students recorded about 11.6% success in Mathematics and English Language
The Osun state government has said that the laudable performance of its secondary school students in the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) was an improvement on the ones recorded in the recent years as the state recorded a 70% pass in Mathematics, Punch reports.
Disclosing the development, Kola Omotunde-Young, the state commissioner for education, stated that the best performance of students in WASSCE before to Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s regime was recorded in 2010 in which 15.6% of the total number of candidates that sat for the examination came out with at least five credit passes including Mathematics and English Language.
Omotunde-Young remarked that contrary to the situation prior to Aregbesola’s administration where the state recorded an annual average number of successful candidates of five credit passes in WASSCE of 11.6 per cent during the four-year period prior to the first term of Aregbesola, the state had demonstrated a stable yearly improvement of at least five credit passes including Mathematics and English Language.
The commissioner further said that the development is a product of several reform and initiatives implemented by the Aregbesola-led administration which, among other things include training, employment of teachers and the distribution of instructional materials to the students.
He further said that the results as derived from WAEC data, reflected the impact of the administration's efforts in basic education as the foundation for repositioning the state for a better and more productive future.
However, the commissioner dismissed claims that the state government only focused on the infrastructural aspect of educational reform. He also said that through the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), the administration succeeded in training 30,145 teachers in more than eight years.
Omotunde-Young further revealed that the state sought out the best to deliver its training programmes, working with reputable organisations like the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration, National Teachers Institute, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, and Osun State University.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Aregbesola had said that no state in Nigeria can compete with his state in terms of infrastructural developments in public schools.
Aregbesola said the state had done all it takes to ensure that its primary and secondary schools measure up to expectations.
He remarked that Osun state had received numerous awards from local and even international organisations, based on its school-feeding programme.
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