Kogi Commissioner Tasks Principals on Students’ Accurate Data

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By Stephen Adeleye.
The Kogi Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, has urged school principals in the state to provide the ministry with accurate data of students for effective planning.
The commissioner made the call on Friday while monitoring the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for Junior Secondary School (JSS) across the state.
Osikoya noted that the ministry had earlier directed all principals in the state to forward accurate and reliable data of all registered students for the exam, for proper planning and appropriate distribution of exam materials.
According to her, some principals did not comply with the directive within the time frame while some who complied did not give accurate data to the ministry, resulting to some schools not getting enough exam materials.
The commissioner, therefore, called on all the erring principals to immediately furnish the ministry with the accurate data comprising the exact number of registered students for each subject.
The commissioner added that the ministry had ensured that the exam personnel themselves met the standard, saying the standardization was part of what characterized the 2018 basic examination.
“Part of the few changes include increase ownership by the schools, improving institutional framework, strengthening the role of the ministry as the examining body, and reviewed the quality of exam supervisors in the state, which used to be an all comers’ affairs.
“This is also the first-time we are seeing more of other partners also coming to be part of the monitoring, such as NABTEB, WAEC, NECO, SUBEB, STETSCOM, NTI, NRC, among others, “Osikoya said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the commissioner’s team monitored the ongoing examination in some schools in the Eatern senatorial district of the state.
Some of the principals of schools visited, commended the efforts of the State Government through the commissioner in repositioning the education sector in the state for quality, effective teaching and learning.
Mr Ezekiel Ahmodu, the Principal of Community Secondary Aloji, Ofu Local Government Area, said that the principals would do their best to collaborate with the ministry to achieve success in the ongoing examination.
Another principal, Mr Al-Hassan Abalaka of UBE Junior Secondary School Ogbagbo, also in Ofu, told journalists that the conduct of the exam had been smooth and hitch-free since it started on July 4.
“No challenge of any kind except the shortage of Question papers for CRS and IRS subjects, which is due to the inability of our school to formally send the accurate data of registered students to the ministry, but the problem was resolved,” Abalaka said.
Other schools visited were Government Science Secondary, Alloma, Ofu, and Emagaba Grammer School, Olamaboro Local Government Areas. The subject conducted today was Mathematics.

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