Babagana Zulum, the Governor of Borno State has lamented the poor state of primary and secondary education in the State.
Zulum said that majority of the secondary school leavers do not have what it takes to cope at the university level.
He added that even those who succeed in getting admission into tertiary institutions, struggle to stay there or pass.
The Governor who was voted the Most Promising Governor said this while hosting principals of various schools across the state at the Multipurpose Hall of the Government House in Maiduguri yesterday.
“Education is the bedrock of any development. Without functional educational system, we shall continue to experience this Boko Haram insurgency in Borno,” Zulum said.
“Look at the kind of students we are graduating from our public secondary schools, most of them do not qualify for admission into universities, even those who get admitted find it very difficult to cope.”
“There is a general decline in the standard of education in public institutions all over the country. There is the lack of qualified teachers, inadequate teaching facilities, poor maintenance culture, general decay of infrastructure, Government’s inability to ensure monitoring and evaluation, centralised control by the ministry, unnecessary bureaucracy, and irregular training and retraining of teachers and other essential staff. There is poor data management and indiscipline amongst the major problems affecting the public school system.”
Zulum ordered those in charge of entry examinations to ensure Common Entrance examinations be conducted for all those intending to enter secondary school, with a strict adherence to the cut -off mark.
The principals blamed the decline in educational standards on poor foundation of pupils.