There is no doubt that Osun State is among the states that provide conducive atmosphere for this year’s West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Over 1.5m candidates began their senior secondary school examination today after the deadly COVID-19 forced government to close all schools since March, 2020.
The examination that ought to commence in April witnessed a lot of debate from all stakeholders before they finally agreed that the exam should start today.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu at a point said federal government cannot afford to risk life of Unity School students saying they won’t participate in the examination.
Since education is on concurrent list; that is, it is the responsibility of federal and state government to decide on matters arising.
Since, Oyo had earlier resume before other States for terminal classes and no cases of COVID-19 was reported among teachers or students. It gives a good signal to FG to finally concedes that the aborted examination can hold for all students thereby allowing resumption of Unity School students.
As the West African Examination Council (WAEC) begin today, it is evident from the survey conducted by British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Yorùbá, that Osun State came top among state that complied with directive issued by Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on physical distancing for students during the conduct of examination.
Whether we like it or not the Minister of Interior and former governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola takes the credit.
It seems Ogbeni Aregbesola saw ahead of Osun people that there will be a time when top notch infrastructure in schools will be useful and that is why he invested heavily in the education sector of the state.
He built new schools with modern infrastructural facilities. The arrangement of students who sat for WASSCE today across Nigeria showed that Aregbesola’s investment in education has paid off.
It is important Governor Gboyega Oyetola led Government build on the legacy of his successor but not to the extent of making other sectors suffer especially the teachers.