The Jigawa Government has expended over N59 million on extra coaching of 122,477 Senior School Certificate Examination, SSCE, candidates in the past three years.
Dr Abbas Abubakar, Executive Secretary, Jigawa Agency for Mass Education, stated this at a stakeholders’ meeting for the 2022 Extra Coaching programme, on Friday in Dutse.
Mr Abubakar said the exercise tagged: “Extra Coaching for SSCE Students in Mathematics and English,” would be conducted by the agency.
He said the programme initiated in 2019 was designed to prepare students for the SSCE to enable them to pass with good grades.
“The extra coaching is organise two months before the SSCE examinations by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO).
“Final year students recieve special coaching in Mathematics and English Language, adding that Gov. Muhammad Badaru initiated the programme in 2019.
“Therefore, today marked the beginning of the forth extra coaching in favour of SS 3 students to enable them to get the required credits for admission into universities, including Mathematics and English Language in their final year examinations,” he said.
Mr Abubakar said the gesture had improved students’ performances which facilitated their admission into universities and other tertiary institutions learning.
According to him, the meeting is to acquaint the stakeholders with the programme and what is expected of them to facilitate its successful implementation.
While urging the facilitators to be dedicated to the exercise, Abubakar lauded the state governor for his commitment towards reinvigorating the education sector.
Also speaking, Dr Lawan Yunusa-Danzomo, Commissioner for Education, said the state government initiated the programme sequel to analysis on WAEC and NECO examinations between 1992 and 2018, which indicated serious weakness on the part of the students.
Mr Yunusa, represented by Sadiya Muhammad, Permanent Secretary in the ministry, said the trend affected the students’ chances to gain admission into universities and tertiary institutions of learning.
He tasked the facilitators to be committed and dedicated in the discharge of their duties.