The Governor of Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are said to be at loggerheads over the success recorded by the students of Ekiti in the recently released results of National Examination Council (NECO).
It will be recalled that the in the recently released results of the 2016 National Examination Council conducted in and outside the country between June and July this year, Ekiti State students took the top spot, followed by Edo, Abia and Kogi state.
Governor Fayose, however, attributed the success of the candidates to the “immense efforts” of his administration in education, which committed N411.7m to pay 5,130 core subject teachers.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, on Saturday noted that the pupils’ feat was an indication that efforts of his administration to reposition education in the state were already yielding results.
He said: “I recall that Mr. Fayose was the first Ekiti State governor to organise an ‘Education Summit’ in 2003 during his first tenure, the result of which was that the state ranked seventh in the country and first in the South-West then.
”It is, however, unfortunate that the successive administrations failed to follow the trend, hence the failures that greeted such wicked oversight,” he stressed.
The statement also added that part of the strategies employed by the governor upon being sworn-in for a second term in October 2014 was to introduce a special salary for teachers as well as providing all the required teaching aids in all schools.
Earlier in a statement, APC had attributed the success to the sound education policy of former Governor Kayode Fayemi, “which provided incentives for good learning environment and provision of educational items that enhanced learning among the students.”
The Ekiti State APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said: “The foundation laid by the administration created environment for learning as never before, resulting in the latest incredible performance by the students.
”The current success did not happen overnight. It was the result of long-term planning by Fayemi between 2011 and 2014. Fayemi gave each pupil a laptop that exposed them to study online and eradicated ‘miracle centres’ while providing incentive for teachers, including renovation of schools to enhance good learning environment, and also approved special allowances for core subjects and rural postings for teachers.
”Fayemi’s giant strides in education made Ekiti one of the three states in the federation that benefitted from the World Bank’s $50m State Education Programme Investment Project,” APC Publicity Secretary added.