The Osun Government on Thursday said it has achieved 284 per cent improvement in the performance of students in West African Examination Council (WAEC) in the last seven years.
Mr Wasiu Omotunde-Young, the State Commissioner for Education who disclosed this at a press conference on Thursday in Osogbo said Governor Rauf Aregbesola has brought the state education from darkness to light in the last seven and half years.
The commissioner said that the performance of students in public schools in the state improved from 15.68 per cent in 2010 to 44.59 per cent in 2017, representing 284 per cent improvement.
He said in 2010, a total number of 43, 216 public secondary school students sat for WAEC while only 6,77 passed with credit in mathematics and English language, representing 15.68 per cent.
The commissioner said while in 2017, a total number of 32,488 public secondary school students sat for WAEC, 14,487 passed with credit in Mathematics and English language , representing 44.49 per cent.
Omotunde-Young said the improvement in the students’ performance was a result of focused, deliberate and purposeful intervention of Gov. Rauf Aregbesola in the education sector.
He said,”As at November 2010, when Aregbesola retrieved his mandate to govern the state”.
“The situation in education sector was marked with poor, dysfunctional, appealing learning and teaching infrastructure across the state.
“All of these crowned with very poor performance of students in internal and external examinations”.
Omotunde-Young said a blue print which was developed from education summit organised in 2011 resulted in a radical and comprehensive policies, which transformed the sector.
He said state government intervention in infrastructure development , training and capacity development of teachers, supply of science laboratory materials , among others assisted in the improvement of the students’ performance.