Over 10, 000 Kogi Students At Risk As Government Fails To Release Examination Results
The hopes of over 10,000 Junior Secondary school students in furthering their education is presently hanging in the balance in Kogi State.
This is because the Kogi state government has failed to release the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) after two months of resumption of the new academic session.
Some of the affected students who wrote and passed the entrance examinations into some schools in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja and some neighboring states said they were on the verge of being denied admission due to the non-release of their transitional examination results.
Over 300 students who protested to the state Secretariat of NUJ Lokoja, on Thursday said the nonchalant attitude of the state government to their plight is a threat to the academic advancement of the state.
They charged Governor Yahaya Bello to direct the relevant agencies to release their results immediately to avert truncation of their academic dreams.
Speaking for the protesting pupils, Julius Onimisi decried the government's carelessness towards the citizenry, alleging that corruption in the ministry of education was responsible for their woes.
Onimisi noted that the government, through the ministry of education had collected #7, 750.00 from each student for the conduct of the transitional examinations three months ago as a requirement to proceed to Senior Secondary school. but wondered why the government has failed to release the results after two months of resumption.
He noted that the state government, having known their inadequacies in conducting the examinations, would have contracted either WAEC or NECO to conduct the examinations as it is done by the Federal Government and some specialized institutions for their students.
Bounce News gathered that the present Commissioner of Education, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya on assumption of duty in the ministry, revoked the consultancy services of one Roller consulting firm which hitherto handled the BECE, replacing it with one CIN firm that allegedly lacked the technical know-how to handle the task.
It was also gathered that the commissioner allegedly gave the contract to her consultant for the financial proceeds involved, and their inefficiencies is responsible for the non-release of the result.
However, the commissioner of Education Mrs. Rosemary Osikoya said that her actions in appointing a consultant was to stem massive corruption in the system.
Unless some drastic measures are taken to release the results, Kogi state may not have students in the Senior Secondary school in this academic session as the BECE certificate is the only requirement by Government into the Senior Secondary module of our educational programmes.
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