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Gombe to hold education summit – Commissioner

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Gombe State Government says it will hold an education summit with a view to addressing various challenges facing the sector in the state.

Mr Dauda Batari, the state Commissioner of Education, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Gombe.

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Batari said the summit would avail experts the opportunity to discuss nagging issues bedevilling the sector and proffer durable solutions to the problems.

“Stakeholders and parents have a vital role to play if truly we want to change the narratives of education in the state.

“One of such challenges identified is poor attendance of students especially those in the final year, who are sitting for the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE).

“We discovered in most of the schools that after the payment of examination fees by the government, students no longer attend classes, they wait for the examination date and go to sit for their examinations.

“The psychology of the students is that, once they transit to the final year, they think they have arrived and they abandoned classes instead of redoubling their efforts to achieve academic excellence,” he said.

According to him, such attitude is largely responsible for the mass failure of students in the final examinations and Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Batari blamed parents for some of the poor attitudes being exhibited by the students, stressing that they have roles to play in that regard.

He advised parents and guardians not to allow their wards to stay at home until they sat for their examinations and the result released.“As long as they did not sat for the examination and you allow them to stay at home, you are not helping them.

“The government is expecting excellent performances in their final examinations because it is spending a huge amount to pay for the examination fees.

“We are equally expecting them to perform well and come out with a very good result.

NAN reports that Gombe State Government had expended N220 million on payment of the  2020/2021 SSCE examination fees for indigent students and those on exchange programmes.

(NAN)

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