A chieftain of the All Peoples Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, has attributed the mass failure of the indigenes of Ekiti state in the newly released results of the West African School Certificate examinations, to the systemic breakdown of education in the state, in the past three and half years
Price Adeyeye, in a press statement signed and released on his behalf by Bayo Ojo, the Director of Publicity, PAAM, his campaign organization, expressed shock at the 23 position of the state in the continental sub-regional examination results released on Wednesday.
“One is shocked with the abysmal mass failure of Ekiti Students in the recently released WAEC 2018 results placing the state on number 23 out of 36 states.
“We have earlier cried to the public that the celebrated achievement of coming first in NECO examination was as a result of concerted efforts made by Oni/Fayemi administrations to reposition the education sector. It takes time for a seed to germinate and bear fruits. The results of the giant strides of the two administrations and huge investment in pedagogical and infrastructural facilities was undeservedly appropriated by Fayose as his achievements.
“One wondered then how you could achieve such outstanding result without any investment whatsoever in infrastructural and human capital development. Fayose was claiming that he could reap without sowing. Now the deceit has finally been exposed.
“There has not been recruitment of teachers to teach these students in the last three and half years. In most schools, graduates of religious studies are made to teach English Language, Physics graduate teaching Chemistry and Business Administrator teaching Accounting.
“The core subjects allowance paid by Fayemi as well as Rural allowance were cancelled by Fayose. Salaries are owed for up to eight months arrears, no furniture for teachers and students. The morale in education sector fell to the lowest ebb.
“The teachers are not motivated and students are groaning under taxation by the government that kept most of them out of the school compound. No provision of textbooks and other instructional materials to aid learning”.
The former Minister of State for Works, also carpeted the Fayose administration for politicizing the education sector of the state, which he said in turn took a tumble form its erstwhile enviable position among states in the country.
“The last straw that broke the Carmel’s back was the over politicisation of education in the state by Fayose, by coercing the teachers to compulsorily work for the ruling party.
“Closing down schools indiscriminately for teachers to attend political rallies and threatening to sack them for not supporting the repressive regime, not minding the school academic calendar.
“The destruction wrought upon the educational sector by Fayose is now finally manifesting. It will take years to rebuild the education sector in Ekiti from the present decay. That is why we earnestly pray for Dr Fayemi to come back and save the Education sector from total collapse,” the statement explained.