Poverty: Bane Of Failure In National Examinations

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Education has been described as the panacea to negative social vices such as hooliganism, thuggery and others that are threatening the survival of Nigeria.

An educationist, Dr. Abayomi Jiboku, made the assertion at the official launch of his foundation, Dr. Abayomi Oluwatosin Foundation, a non-governmental organization set up to provide scholarship to students of tertiary institutions in the country.

He said that in order to have a socially secured nation, youths must be given adequate opportunities to acquire western knowledge,

stressing that educated persons will see hard work, resilience and self determination as the basis for succeeding in life.

Speaking on the rationale for the scholarship scheme offered by his foundation, he said that he came up with the idea because some youths are eager to further their studies but their parents lack the resources to make them realise the ambition.

Dr. Jiboku said: “I initially found myself in a similar situation in my early days in the university, but was saved by various scholarship schemes that came my way. As a product of several schemes myself, thought it appropriate to give back to the society that made me.”

He opined that 250 students in various tertiary institutions throughout the country will benefit from the scheme starting from 2012/2013 academic session.

According to him, “out of these 250 beneficiaries, nine of them will be the best in this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME), while three will emerge from the universities, same number will emerge from the polytechnics as well as colleges of education”.

Dr. Jiboku stated that the Joint Admission and Matriculation (JAMB) authorities had given assurances on how the foundation will know the best nine applicants of the UTME examinations when the results are released.

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The scholarship grants, Jiboku said, range from N250,000 to N1 million to beneficiaries.

Earlier, a university don, Dr. Oluwayomi Oladunjoye in a lecture at the launch called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the educational sector as the mass failures in national examinations if not properly tackled may put the nation’s desire to achieve the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs) at risk.

He said the level of poverty and the decadence in the educational sector had been a major factor contributing to the level of insecurity in the country as many children that were supposed to be studying in various educational institutions are being wooed by terrorists to destroy innocent lives.

“An idle hand is the devil’s workshop. Government should declare a state of emergency in the educational sector since all the solutions being proposed to salvage the sector seems to have defied solutions,” Oladunjoye opined.

Earlier in his opening remark, the Chairman of the occasion, Chief Ogo-Oluwa Bankole, thanked Ogun State Government for taking positive steps in revitalising public schools in the state.

He subimitted that the step will bridge the gap between the haves and have not in the society since quality education will emanate from such schools.

He said there are lots of talents and promising children in the society but they do not have the resources to acquire quality education since it wasn’t forthcoming from the government.

The occasion was witnessed by the former Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, Nicholas Nkemdeme, traditional rulers from Ogun State and many dignitaries from all over the country.

By Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta

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