Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has declared State of Emergency in Education, following the 2019 ranking of the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, which places the state at the 34th position.
The Governor said in a statement that he received the outcome with great dismay.
The statement said the state of emergency would take effect immediately, so as to revamp and reposition the education sector for optimum performance and better outcome.
According to Governor Yahaya, “it was shameful and depressing to see students in the state perform so woefully in national examinations, with this case being one of the trends in recent years,” he said.
Governor Yahaya said Governor the rating reflected the systemic and steady decay in the education sector, which according to him was triggered especially by the immediate past administration’s relegation of education, one of the pillars of development of any society.
He however, declared that his administration will do its best to improve the performance of Gombe students, starting with a total overhaul of the basic education system in the state.
Governor Yahaya said Gombe state had a considerable number of potential candidates for admission into tertiary institutions, but lamented their inability to meet admission requirements, hence his resolve to take urgent and decisive measures to reverse the ugly trend.
The governor has already come up with short, medium and long term strategies that will fast track the process of re-positioning the education sector and raising its position among its peers in terms of passing rate.
The Gombe State Governor has also strengthened the state’s partnerships with relevant Government agencies, development partners and donor agencies in his quest to improve the quality of education and enforce performance standard.