Yobe govt worries over mass failure in SSCE, NECO exams
By Bala Ajiya
Damaturu—Yobe State government has expressed displeasure over the mass failure of students who sat for the 2015 SSCE and NECO examinations.
This was disclosed by the newly appointed chairman of Yobe Teaching Service Board, Alhaji Ali Baba Maidala, in an interview with Vanguard.
He said the board, which oversees all the secondary schools in Yobe State, would do everything humanly possible to ensure the SSS 3 students that would sit for SSCE and NECO this year performed reasonably well to justify the huge amount of money budgeted for education in 2016 budget.
Alhaji Maidala, who assumed office barely a month ago, noted that the non-nonchalant attitude of teachers in secondary schools across the state, would soon be a thing of the past.
He said upon resuming office, he paid an unscheduled visit to over 10 secondary schools to assess and get first hand information regarding the standard of education and the reason behind last year’s mass failure of students who sat for SSCE and NECO examination.
He noted that the government saw education as the bedrock to human development, hence the necessary motivation of teachers, which he lamented did not reflect in their job.
“We have just sent some of our science teachers to a work shop in Gombe State to keep abreast of the modern laboratory equipment being used in Biology, Physics and Chemistry; this was paid for by the state government.
‘’Salaries are paid as at when due and I can conveniently tell you that we have no ghost teachers in the state and we shall intensify supervision of teachers across the state to enable us discipline any of them that engaged in truancy,” he said