RE : CRISIS IN ANAMBRA STATE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AS JUNIOR WAEC SUFFERS THREE POSTPONEDMENTS.
– There was No Postponement ~ Prof. Kate Omenugha, Basic Education Commissioner.
By I-WITNESS Reporters
The Honourable Commissioner for Basic Education in Anambra State, Prof. Kate Omenugha has described as false reports of “intermittent postponements” of Junior WAEC examinations in the state by a section of the media. She observed that the reports show the ignorance of the policy and strategic planning of the Ministry as it concerns the taking of Junior WAEC in the state.
Prof. Omenugha was responding to questions posed at her by an I-WITNESS reporter who sought to know the authenticity of the report wildly circulated on social media and other platforms with the aforestated caption.
The Commissioner emphasised that it was a deliberate policy of the government to shift the date of Junior WAEC examinations to July every year after the review of the junior secondary school calender.
The old calender allows too long a vacation for students that took the examinations; thus June, July, August and September are spent at home.
She noted that from the reports of the research funded by the State Government and supported by the World Bank; that there is usually high dropout rate of girls from school after their junior WAEC examinations.
The research which focused on seven (7 ) Local Government Areas in the state found out that the girls usually get pregnant at this point which is attributable to the long time they stay at home while others are in school.
In her words; ” the long vacation makes the girls most vulnerable by getting pregnant while the boys get initiated into various cult groups”.
” The education management team had a meeting and reviewed the calender such that once they are finishing their examinations, the rest of the students would be finishing theirs too. The new arrangement eliminates that gap that would have resulted into negative choices by some of the students”
” There was no postponement anywhere as the decisions were communicated to the Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board and the Post Primary Schools Services Commission respectively”.
” Yesterday, the children all over the state took the National Value Education and French examinations and they went successful”.
In conclusion, she urged parents and guardians to ensure that their wards study hard so as to pass their papers and come out in flying colours pointing that whoever did not get the minimum credits required would not join the new class next term.