The Osun State Government said the performance of its high school students in the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examination was an improvement over the ones recorded in the recent years as the state recorded a 70 per cent pass in Mathematics in the concluded exam.
The Commissioner for Education, Kola Omotunde-Young, who disclosed this, stated that the best performance of Osun State students in WASSCE prior to Rauf Aregbesola’s administration was recorded in 2010 when 15.6 per cent of the total number of candidates that sat for the examination came out with at least five credit passes including Mathematics and English Language.
He noted that contrary to the situation prior to Aregbesola’s administration where the state recorded an annual average number of successful candidates with at least five credit passes in WASSCE of 11.6 per cent during the four years’ period prior to the first term of Aregbesola, the state under Aregbesola’s had demonstrated a sustained improvement with an annual average number of successful candidates with at least five credit passes including Mathematics and English Language.
The improvement, according to Omotunde- Young, is a result of various reform and initiatives implemented by the Aregbesola’s administration at the inception.
Some of these initiatives, he noted, included training programmes for teachers, employment of more teachers, the introduction of Opon Imo (Tablet of Knowledge) and distribution of instructional materials to the students among others.
The commissioner remarked that the results as derived from WAEC data, proved the impact of the almost eight-year focus of the current administration on basic education as the foundation for repositioning the state for a better and more productive future.
Omotunde-Young, however, debunked the claim that the administration only focused on the infrastructure side of education reform, adding that through the State Universal Basic Education Board, the state trained 30,145 teachers over eight years.
He revealed that the state sought out the best to deliver its training programmes, working with reputable organisations like the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration, National Teachers Institute, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife, and Osun State University.