From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
No fewer than 32,000 pupils in primary schools across Kogi state wrote this year’s Common Entrance Examination preparatory to further their education at secondary school level.
The examination recorded improvements in timing and supervision compared to what obtained in the past, though some centres witnessed shortage of examination papers.
The Director, Planning Research and Statistics (PRS) with the Kogi State Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Mr. Levi Ocheni who spoke to journalists shortly after monitoring the exercise in the eastern senatorial district of the state, affirmed that the conduct of the 2019 Common Entrance Examination (CEE) recorded a remarkable improvement compared to the past years.
”The children behaved well and teachers were all around to give their support which had made the examination to be conducted accordingly,” Ocheni said.
He said that the shortage of exam question papers was the fault of the affected schools.
He urged all schools in the state to always respond positively and timely to every instruction and guidelines within the given time frame for any exam for effective planning.
Also speaking, Mr Matthew Omiachi, the Zonal Education Evaluator, Bassa and Dekina LGAs, said about 4,500 candidates wrote the CEE in the zone.
Omiachi said that the conduct of the exam was fair as children were not running up and down before they could locate their centres.
”We did not receive any complain from parents compared to the past, everything was orderly; so, there is a great improvement,” Omiachi said.
He however said that the only challenge encountered was the shortage of exam question papers in some centres due to the inability of some schools to submit the total number of registered candidates on time.
”The shortage of exam question papers is the fault of the affected schools and not the ministry or the government,” he said.
On his part, Mrs Regina Igomuh, Chairperson of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Dekina LGA, commended the commissioner for the transformation she has brought to the state education sector within a short period.
Igomuh, who doubles as the Proprietress of Power Groups of Schools, expressed gratitude to the ministry for using her school as one of the centres for the CEE, while commending the state government for the remarkable improvement in the exam.