The Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Governor of Osun State yesterday described those calling for the resignation of Governor Rauf Aregbesola over the latest ranking of the state in the West Africa Examination Council, WAEC, as naive and ignorant of statistics.
It said the call stemmed from the usual lack of knowledge of performance charts and attention to details that the opposition elements are notorious for. Osun State in the 2016 WAEC published on the website of the organisation placed 29th and, thus emerged the least ranked state in Southern part of the country coming behind Kogi and Benue State.
This prompted the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in a statement by Prince Diran Odeyemi, its spokesperson to call on Governor Aregbesola to immediately re-evaluation all policies and programmes he introduced in the education sector, if he intends to arrest the downward slide in WAEC rating.
But the Bureau’s statement signed by the Director, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon stated that records and statistics of students put forward by the state in the past years have shown that there was improvement in percentage of overall results.
It added that critics have forgotten that to get the true performance of a student, a mere look at the position of the student in a class is not as important as the percentage of total scores. The Bureau noted that the downward trend in education in the country in general should make all worrisome due to the role of education in development.