The Executive Chairman of Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye LCDA, Hon. Rasaq Olusola Ajala has revealed reasons his administration choose to tread the path of conducting mock examination to determine the beneficiaries of free GCE forms.
In a speech delivered by Hon. Ajala, at the official distribution of the free GCE forms to indigent students of the council today, October 27, 2021, the Chairman said, “our reason for walking this path of conducting qualifying exams as against ‘Conventional Way Of Doing It’ was due to the report of the study carried out by a renowned study group that showed clearly that many of the beneficiaries never took the gesture seriously because they got it on a silver platter, while the cumulative results of those beneficiaries were poor and mass failure, while the real indigent and intelligent students never benefited.”
Below is the full speech:
It gladdens me to welcome you all to this auspicious occasion which is aimed at changing the narrative in our educational history as a community.
I am delighted by the bold steps taken by our team in promoting quality education, recognizing excellence above mediocrity and ensuring common benefits for all, irrespective of tribe, religion and status.
I make bold to assert affirmatively that education is the only everlasting legacy that can be bequeathed to the young generation. Education guarantees economic development.
In this contemporary world where knowledge remains a factor that determines the position of a nation on the global map, and as a government at the grassroots level, we have a responsibility to institutionalizing a system that makes our youth employable in the highly competitive labour market.
Our re-election is a renewed mandate given to us as a new covenant to do more. I know we are all concerned about the quality of education in this country and want the best for our children.
The success or otherwise of any government policies rests on the shoulders of its drivers; hence, the need to make education accessible, qualitative and capable of impacting functional and sustainable development.
The importance of this, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, is that as we are clamouring for socio-economic transformation, we must take the giant leap to discover and support intelligent students in our community.
This informed why we choose to tread this path of conducting Mock Examination to select the best students as beneficiaries of the free GCE forms. We are certain that this strategy will enhance quality education as a key driver in developing human capital.
It is important to say that our reason for walking this path of conducting qualifying exams as against ‘Conventional Way Of Doing It’ was due to the report of the study carried out by a renowned study group that showed clearly that many of the beneficiaries never took the gesture seriously because they got it on a silver platter, while the cumulative results of those beneficiaries were poor and mass failure, while the real indigent and intelligent students never benefited.
As a result, we must choose the unusual method to get the needed results to promote qualitative education in our community.
Please be informed that our MOCK GCE Examinations over the years have been technically designed to bring out the best among our students irrespective of their background or economic status.
Beneficiaries need not know anyone in government to benefit as long as they can pass the test. This is our core value to ensure that the common pool is indeed for common benefits.
The mock examination was set by certified examiners, supervised by qualified teachers while the nominees of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in collaboration with LGEA were invited to mark the scripts in the full glare of relevant stakeholders in the education sector including the pressmen.
The script marking was done the same day through conference marking. The scripts were marked, scored, submitted and collated in the presence of the aforementioned people.
Therefore, the best students were picked as beneficiaries. The total mark for this year is 33 while the cut off mark was 15. The best student for this year scored 28 marks.
Our system did not leave out the stakeholders in our community, while we tried to fish out the best.
I am glad to inform you that 136 students, representing 68%, were picked on merit while the remaining 64 (32%) were nominees of stakeholders such as Market Associations, Artisans, Trade Associations, Opinion Leaders, Religious Organisations, Youth Organisations, Community Leaders, etc.
This story initiative is designed to bring the best performance among the candidates as results over the years have shown tremendous improvement and credible performance of our candidates in external examinations.
This administration has always provided free Jamb forms for those students who pass the GCE with 5 Credits with free Tutorial lectures.
We always monitor and support the academic pursuits of our students by providing bursary allowance for indigent students of our community who are in tertiary institutions.
Once again, I sincerely congratulate all beneficiaries of this laudable initiative. We hope and pray that you will all pass with flying colours to make our community proud.
Remember, you will never walk alone, this Administration will continue to walk with your parents and support you toward achieving your dreams.
Thank you and God bless you all!