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Opinion: Bolaji Abdullahi should bury his face in shame By AbdulFatai

It’s on records that one of the unfortunate legacies left behind by the saraki/Bolaji Abdullahi era in educational sector was the devastated and disastrous one in kwara.
The blacklisted UBEC fund and the closing down hundreds of examinations malpractice centers in the 3 geopolitical zones of the state is a testimony to the facts that the rot they left behind manifested in early days of this administration when a total numbers of 165 secondary schools were blacklisted for involvement in examination malpractice which in extension, can damage the future of generations of young Kwarans.

It should, however be noted that if their so called fake and ineffective policy of ‘Every child count p policy’’ had worked in kwara, there won’t be reasons for student’s to perpetrate in registering in the so called special examination centers and also, there won’t be the need by the WAEC to sanctioned 165 private and public schools in Kwara State for various forms of cheating in the 2019 senior secondary certificate examination.

It’s also a disappointment and disheartening that the previous government of Kwara State, in 2016, diverted and embezzled the matching grants released to the state by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) instead of spending it to upgrade primary and junior secondary schools’ infrastructure as provided by the law governing the funds, and an agreement entered with UBEC. The UBEC fund is an annual grant by the federal government to help the states upgrade their primary education facilities. To access the fund, state governments are required to match the federal government’s grant.

The current administration cleared the mess of the people of yesterday and paid not only the counterpart funding but also the fine which gave them the opportunity to accessed the fund and renovate/built over 600 schools in kwara

The present administration has indeed sets a new record with the appointment of over 4000 competent SUBEB and TESCOM teachers through a recruitment process adjudged by NUT, CSOs and key stakeholders as most transparent in recent history of the state. It is acknowledged, till date, that the recruitment exercise was merit-based and totally devoid of partisan sentiments.

Today in Kwara, educational development seed has been planted by the Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq led administration, which in no distance future, it will begin to have a productive germination and our dear children will began to feel the impacts and posterity will judge between those who embezzled the UBEC fund and left our education in shambles and those who paid to have better learning environment for our children.

May AA Continue To Succeed In Sha Allah

AbdulFatai AbdulMajeed writes from Ilorin

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