Gov. Amosun recently ordered the sacking of 6 officials of the state Ministry of Education. Their offense is said to be connected with a comprehension passage in the English Language examination conducted by the ministry for the
Unified Examination in Public Secondary Schools for the third term of the 2014/2015 academic session. .
The pupils were asked to summarize the passage which was considered too critical of the state government. The section partly read thus: “There is no arguing about the fact that the government is merely paying lip service to the development of education. It is true that a lot of money is being spent on the education sector but with little or no impact felt by the people, except where we want to deceive ourselves. .
Many schools run by the government, which were formerly known for academic excellence have suddenly lost their prestige and are living on past glories. No wonder, many parents and guardians are threateningly left with only one option, to withdraw their wards from these schools to other ones that are better managed. .
The evidences to show that the government is not doing enough to assist in the development of education are many. One of the numerous indications is the government’s inability to pay running cost to schools. Another one is the regular poor conduct of terminal examinations. These examinations are not usually conducted as and when due. .
The government may have one excuse or the other, but real educationists know that appropriate timing is a strong factor in the process of Continuous Assessment (CA) of students. Thus, a situation, where for instance, the first term examination is shifted to 2nd term is an outright departure from the norms and ethics of Continuous Assessment.” .
The passage was culled from Jola Adegbenro’s Issues on Education Today. The governor and some other top government officials were allegedly angry with this section, which they believed made a veiled reference to what obtained in the state…. and so they decided to give d six of them their CHANGE in form of sack letters for taking their SHADING game too far……