Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, and the All Progressives Congress in the state are both fighting over the success of the state’s candidates in the just released results of the 2016 National Examination Council.
The NECO on Friday released the results of the Senior School Certificate Examination it conducted between June and July this year, with Ekiti State topping others with 96.48 percent followed by Edo State with 96.31 percent.
Fayose attributed the success of the candidates to the “immense efforts” of his administration in education, which according to him, had so far committed a total of N411.7m to paying a total of 5,130 core subject teachers under the new scheme.
The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, on Saturday said the students’ feat was an indication that efforts of his administration to reposition education in the state was already yielding results.
The statement said, “I recall that Mr Fayose was the first Ekiti state governor to organise an Education Summit in 2003 during his first tenure, the result of which was that the state ranked 7th in the country and the first in the South West then.
“It is however unfortunate that the successive administrations failed to follow the trend, hence the failures that greeted such wicked oversight.”
The statement added that part of the strategies employed by the governor upon being sworn-in for a second term in October 2014 was to introduce special salary for teachers that handled core subjects across the state as well as provide all the required teaching aids in all schools.
“Checks obtained from relevant government establishments show that Ekiti state came 17th out of the 36 states of the federation in the 2016 WAEC results just released recently, representing 53% success.
“In the same vein, the state came out 17th in the 2015 WAEC results, representing 37% success. The state however came 35th in 2014, 28th in 2013 and 22nd in 2012 respectively. The percentage of failure recorded range from 75% in 2014,44.55 % in 2013 and 35.75% in 2012.
But the APC, which had earlier issued a press release to preempt Fayose attributed the feat to sound education policy by former Governor Kayode Fayemi, “which provided incentives for good learning environment and provision of educational items that enhanced learning among the students.”
The state’s Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, in a statement on Saturday explained that Fayemi while in office called an education summit to develop a roadmap for quality education, which he implemented to the letter.
“The foundation laid by the administration created environment for learning as never before, resulting in the latest incredible performance by the students. The current success did not happen overnight but the result of long planning by Fayemi between 2011 and 2014.