Dr. Femi Oyewole, National Chairman, Education Reformers Association of Nigeria, has called for total cancellation of the Computer examination conducted by JAMB last month for this year’s students admission into higher institutions in the country.
In his welcome address at the seminar organized by The Association in collaboration with EMCOY Favor group of schools, Ogba, Lagos, yesterday.
Dr. Oyewole, said if the computer examination was allowed to stay, thousands of students who would have got admissions into various higher institutions this year would be denied of such opportunities.
Dr. Oyewole, who is the proprietor of the EMOCY group of schools, Ogba, explained that there was nothing wrong with computer exams: ”but this one recently conducted by JAMB was not only poorly organized but some of their staff were unskilled and deficient in carrying out the project”.
Dr. Oyewole, said his Association will be heading to the National Assembly, next week to encourage the assembly to encourage the assembly, not only to cancel the exams, but to also submit a private bill for the dissolution of JAMB completely as an organization.
Dr. Oyewole, who is also a senior pastor of the Deeper Life Bible Church, said: ”JAMB is no more relevant to our educational system, as it was in our time. As an educationalist and a man of God, I feel bad seeing JAMB as a mere extortative organization to the students and their parents. Let every higher institution conduct its own entrance examinations, as it was before JAMB”.
- Oyewole said further: ”The oncoming debate that JAMB results should have a lifespan of three years during which, a student could tender such for admission into higher institutions, is unnecessary. The right thing is for JAMB to be dissolved; the board’s performance is getting poorer every year and has become a cog in the wheel of the Nation’s educational progress”.
He expressed disappointment over the attitude of some private schools in the nation, who failed to pay their workers regularly, proffering: ”In fact, it is not only wicked but satanic for anyone to engage somebody and at the end of the month, not pay him”.
According to him, it would be difficult for a teacher, who was not paid at the end of the month to give right directions to the students, stressing that it was a shame of a nation, for some nations not to pay their workers, especially teachers at the end of the month.
In his words: ”The standard of our education, will continue to fail if this trend is not corrected henceforth. How can you owe somebody, whether private or government, and be expecting him to perform. This is sheer wickedness and insensitivity. In fact, it is the worst evil a person can commit against his fellow human being.
He then called on the Lagos state Government in particular to sanction any private school who failed to pay their teachers at the end of the month. He also advised the government to look into the poor quality of teachers being engaged by some of the private schools.
He divulged: ”Our association has discovered that a lot of private schools in the country are mere glorified tutorial centers. Some of them employed as teachers are secondary school certificate holders and dropouts. Governments should step in before the total collapse of our educational systems.”
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