Oghoro monitors 2021 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), expresses satisfaction with conduct

In all human activities, the essence of effective monitoring and evaluation in any society cannot be overemphasized. Thus, persistent monitoring is required as a result of the impact it stands to play in driving such undertaken activities to the realisation of the needed success.

The fundamental focus of monitoring is aimed at evaluating or rather ascertaining the parameters of success, achieved, so far in the course of carrying out the implementation of every critical activity.

However, through consistent monitoring and evaluation, especially during the implementation stages of any project or activity as it were, one would be able to identify certain inhibiting variables that obviously might impact negatively on the outcome of such activity and by so doing, measures should be put in place to avert errors.

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The education sector, is one area where robust monitoring and evaluation often takes place. This is unconnected with the fact that so much is happening in the sector, essentially designed to to continuously play the seemless role of driving the success of other crucial sectors of the economy.

To ensure that teachers in the education sector, for instance, in schools leave to their billings, expectations of adding the much expected value to the lives of children, stakeholders  always interface with them as a deliberate measure  to ensure  effective and  efficient teachings as well as find out if they are responsible to their duties.

Another aspect of monitoring in schools that is germane to key players in the education industry, is the examination monitoring. Effective examination monitoring is one of the essential antidotes to tackling the multiplicity of challenges bedeviling standard of education in Nigeria, and Delta State in particular.

One factor that had militated against the education is examination malpractice as stated earlier which had invariably eaten into the fabric of the education system. Against this backdrop, all hands must be on deck to unravel the the situation by changing the narratives.

It could be stressed that the poor standard of education in the country, had also continued to give stakeholders, nightmare, and to a very large extent, their concern to drive the education in such a way that the yearnings of the people who have equally shown much passion for the improvement of the standard of education. This gesture could be described as a step in the right direction.

Moreover, in Delta State, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa led administration had ceaselessly, put the growth of the education sector in the front burner; his administration has continued to prioritise the sector as a good initiative and strategy to reclaim the lost glory of the education sector, especially public schools though systematic upgrade of facilities in several public schools across every length and breadth of the state, geared towards creating conducive environment for teaching and learning activities.

The Governor’s gesture to revamp the sector, will no doubt continue to have various multiplier effects on the academic performance of pupils and students in schools, and the benefits of such initiative is expected to reflect on the students’ results on both internal and external examinations such as the term’s assessments/ examination,  the Cognitive/ Placement examination for primary six pupils, Basic Education Certificate Examination, otherwise known as BECE and the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) as well as the Joint Admission and Matriculation Examination (JAMB). The list is endless!

Here in Delta State, the 2021 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for students of Junior Secondary School (JSS3) in public and private secondary schools across the state, commenced on Monday, June 7 and would end on June 11.

In a bid to ensure that the examination was successfully conducted as envisaged, the Permanent Secretary in the Delta State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Augustine Ede Oghoro, led other staff of the ministry on routine monitoring.

Speaking to journalists on the importance of the examination, shortly after monitoring the examination in different parts of the state z  the Basic and Secondary Education Permanent Secretary, Mr. Augustine Ede Oghoro, said that the examination was for the batch of students in the final junior class that would proceed to the senior secondary cadre .

He said that materials for the conduct of the examination were adequate and affirmed that there had no issues of shortage of materials, adding that the Ministry prepared adequately for the exercise.

While underscoring the importance of the examination, Mr. Oghoro, stated that it was the responsibility of the ministry of Basic and Secondary Education to go round and  monitor the conduct of any  major  examination, otherwise known as external examinations , written by both public and private schools in the state. The Permanent Secretary noted that through spirit of determination and commitment to their studies, students would always perform well in any examination and urged them to embrace the effective reading culture and try as much as possible to abstain from anything that could jeopardise their future.

The Basic and Secondary Education Permanent Secretary, however, expressed optimism that the students would perform well in the examination, going by the duration of teaching and learning that took place within the period.

Mr. Oghoro, who wished them success in the examination, stressed the need for stakeholders in the education sector to restrategise and collectively tackle the menace in the education industry.  He explained that the fallen standard of education, nowadays was a great concern to several stakeholders in the sector and gave the assurance that in no distant time, the sector would bounce back.

Specifically, the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Augustine Ede Oghoro, commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the monumental strides in the education sector, saying that the upgrade of facilities in various public schools in the state had put Delta State in the global map , towards redefining the future of the state, just as he noted that education was the life wire of any society. He described Governor’s magnanimity to transform the education sector as a morale booster, adding that Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa’s uncommon attention to the sector was quite commendable.

Mr. Oghoro, however, used the opportunity to urge teachers in the state to delivery effectively on their mandates , duties with utmost diligence, stressing that posterity would have a way of judging every individual by the measure of their contributions to the upliftment of humanity. The articulate and proactive Permanent Secretary, reiterated that the era of indolence in service delivery, especially among teachers had gone , warning that any act of negligence to duty that could bring unnecessary negative impact to children’s academic future as well as truncate the efforts of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration to transform the education sector would not be condoned.

The Education Permanent Secretary, also called on staff of the ministry to redouble their commitments in order to consolidate on the gains recorded this far and emphasised the need for team work, noting that there was need for every stakeholder in the education sector to put the interest of the children first above their own interests.

Mr. Oghoro, advised parents to always prioritise the educational needs of their children and wards, explaining that the future of any society depended largely on access to quality education by the children. He said that children desired good foundation in life that would better equip them with the needed capacity to excel in life and contribute meaningfully to the sustenance of the society as well as assist them to be able to proffer solutions to certain problems that might confront them in the nearest future.

Among centres monitored by the Permanent Secretary and his team were St. Patrick’s College, Asaba , Oshimili South Local Government Area, Unity Secondary School in the state capital territory, Ubulu-Okiti, Aniocha South Local Government Area, Isoko and Ughelli axis and well as around Warri and Uvwie areas of the state.

In his remarks, the Director of Examinations and Standard, Mr. Sunday Egumaguna, who also monitored the exercise in order parts of the state, lauded the Permanent Secretary for his inspiring contributions towards a hitch free conduct of the examination. Mr. Egumaguna, maintained that the Examination and Standard department of the ministry would always improve and build on every examination it conducted and gave the assurance that subsequent examinations would continue to be better.

Speaking further, Mr. Egumaguna, stated that it had been the tradition of the ministry of Basic and Secondary Education not to delay results. He disclosed that results would be released in record time, after marking and collations had been carried out, adding that machinery had been put in place to avoid errors in computation of results.

Recall that the Cognitive / Placement Examination for pupils in primary six would also hold on Saturday, June 19 across the state. To this end, the Permanent Secretary, noted that the examination would be monitored accordingly.

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