Figures released in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal capital and made available to www.calitown.com, show that in the computed list of the 10 best performing states in the West African Examinations Council conducted Senior School Certificate Examination, CRS scored 55.3% to come fifth, behind Lagos, Rivers, Abia and Anambra states who scored 56.03%, 58.3%, 65.1% and 67.8% to come forth, third, second and first, nationwide.
The state’s position, sources spoken to in the state Ministry of Education say, “is gladdening and a clear testimony that CRS’s educational investments are beginning to yield fruits”. One other source was quick to point out that “kudos must go to Gov Imoke who has a committed vision for education in this state and has not hidden his desire to do more for the sector. Our target now is to get to the first position which means we must collectively work to achieve this”.
However, an independent source spoken to informed www.calitown.com that, “it is comical that we are celebrating such bogus claims of having successfully passed SSCE. 99% of the so called states and students cheated their way to claim this title. Examination leakages must be factored in especially when even parents buy leaked exam questions for their children. In some parts of CR, we see what I refer to as professional result-making examination centres springing up and unashamedly patronised by us all. The outcome of this heinous process is what has rightly placed us as the fifth state in Nigeria which cheated in that examination successfully”. The source went on to say: “because we lack purposeful vision and the truth, we often concoct all sorts of things and hope we can fool everybody. We better keep quiet on this and save this state the jeers of people who know what we are talking about”.
Officials of the Education ministry were unwilling to respond to the issues raised by our source, refering www.calitown.com to Prof Offiong Offiong, the Education commissioner.
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