Most secondary school leavers in Borno are unqualified for University admission — Gov Zulum

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Governor Babagana Zulum has said that most secondary school leavers in the state are unqualified for University admission because of the poor quality of education they receive from primary and secondary schools in Borno state.

Governor Zulum made this assertion when he met with 84 principals in the state at the Multipurpose Hall of the Government House in Maiduguri the state capital on Sunday, 11 October.

In a statement titled, ‘Public schools: Tell me the truth, released from the governor’s office, the governor bemoaned the fact that most of the high school leavers in the state are not qualified for university admission while those who get admitted struggle academically in tertiary institutions.

“Education is the bedrock of any development. Without a functional educational system, we shall continue to experience this Boko Haram insurgency in Borno.

“Look at the kind of students we are graduating from our public secondary schools, most of them do not qualify for admission into universities, even those who get admitted find it very difficult to cope.

“There is a general decline in the standard of education in public institutions all over the country. There is a lack of qualified teachers, inadequate teaching facilities, poor maintenance culture, general decay of infrastructure, Government’s inability to ensure monitoring and evaluation, centralised control by the ministry, unnecessary bureaucracy, and irregular training and retraining of teachers and other essential staff. There is poor data management and indiscipline amongst the major problems affecting the public school system.”

During the interactive session, the principals attributed the poor academic performance in the state to the faulty foundations of most school leavers.

The governor, therefore, appealed to the school administrators to open up on the challenges confronting the performance of students.

The teachers were said to have attributed the challenge to the faulty foundations of most school leavers.

Zulum also directed “the immediate reintroduction of the common entrance examination” for primary six pupils while insisting that “only pupils who pass the examination by securing a cut-off mark, should be eligible for admission into the first year of Junior Secondary Schools.

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