The efforts of the State of Osun Ministry of Education in ensuring strict compliance of both public and privates schools to the school curriculum guidelines and the regulation for the establishment of private schools has been emphasized.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mr. Lawrence Oyeniran who equally chaired the year 2013 WAEC State Committee meeting held at the Conference Hall of the Ministry, said Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola had deemed it fit to make monitoring of schools and teachers learning facilities easy through decentralizing the Teaching Service Commission formerly known as TESCOM into three education districts with the appointments of Tutor General as Permanent Secretary into each of the district to support other education officers in the field.
Mr. Oyeniran who was represented by the Director of School Services in the Ministry of Education, Mr. Babatunde Durotoye maintained that the essence of the yearly meeting of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) Committee, which draws its members from various agencies and organizations in the State of Osun among which are the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Federal Ministry of Education, Civil Services Commission, ANCOPSS, PTA, among others is to appraise WAEC activities, deliberate comment and give possible suggestions that would improve the standard of WAEC examination and improve students’ performance in the State of Osun.
Mr. Oyeniran explained that the re-classification of schools policy of the government is in conformity with the national curriculum aimed at removing the rot in the education sector which has been warmly embraced by the parents and students who all want to enjoy the State of the art facilities provided in the new model schoolsHe used the occasion to appeal to the Branch Controller of WAEC in the State of Osun, Mr. Ayo Oluwafemi to release the statistical analyses of students’ performance to enable government reward the best 10 students in the year 2013 WAEC examination.
Briefing the members, the Zonal Coordinator of WAEC, Mr. Kafaru Babatunde Ola said, WAEC will not compromise its long standing records of zero tolerance for corruption and examination malpractices which has made it the best examination body in the Western part of Africa. He hinted that from the year 2014, any student caught with mobile phone during examination would have his/her entire result cancelled, while urging the Ministry of Education to officially issue a circular that will prohibit the use of mobile phone by students as well as embarking on public enlightenment programmes to enlighten students and parents.
Mr. Ola stressed that the fight against examination malpractices goes beyond individuals but a collective responsibility of all stakeholders in the education sector. He disclosed further that, the new Senior Secondary School Curriculum that make some subjects such as English studies, General Mathematics, Civic Education and Trade/Entrepreneurship studies compulsory will commence in the year 2014 but will be mandatory for all states in the year 2015.