A member of the house of Reps – Rep Uwak, who represents Oron/Mbo/Okobo/Udung/Uko/Urue in Akwa Ibom State, has called a state of emergency in the educational sector owing to the mass failure in WAEC, Mr Uwak has appealed to the Government to intervene and rescue the sector as the state of the sector threatens our achievement of the ideals of vision 2020 the said “the consistent failure of students in the final qualifying examinations showed that the future of the country was in trouble.
“A major reason this should be seen as a state of emergency was that as a country, we have set the goal of being among the 20 industrialized nations by year 2020, as we cannot desire this when our children are failing in numeracy (Mathematics) and literacy (English) examinations?
He continued saying “between 1985 and 2005, on the average, the budgetary allocation in Nigeria was on the decline and in some cases, we spent less than 10 percent of the national budget on education as opposed to the UNESCO recommended 26 percent.
“So, years of neglect in this sector have led to a serious decline in the quality of our students and today, we are not only facing unemployment, we are also seeing a problem of youths being unemployable (a case where graduates are not fit for employment because they cannot prove their education).
“Take, for instance, the recent case of about 80percent failure for applicants in the NNPC recruitment test where those claiming to have a 2.1 certificate scored less than 20percent, this further confirms the lack of functionality in our education, quoting the Group Managing Director of the Corporation.”
Uwak suggested that “to solve this problem, we need to do more than create policies as it must be tackled head-on by both the executive and legislature, many experts and organisations have proffered solutions to manage the crisis.
“Some include adequate funding, massive investment in infrastructure, promotion of child-friendly and teacher-friendly school environment, revival of Parents Teachers Associations and empowerment approach to education.”