Former Minister of State for Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye has expressed regrets over the failure of Ekiti State candidates in the May/June West African Examinations Council (WAEC) exams.
Ekiti State came 22nd out of 36 states of the federation, which was a far cry from the 1st position recorded in the National Examinations Council (NECO) exams for two consecutive years in 2016 and 2017.
The NECO performance has been a topical campaign issue by Governor Ayo Fayose and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola in the run-up to the poll.
The main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) had maintained Fayose should not claim credit for the NECO success, which it attributed to the foundation laid by the administration of former Governor Kayode Fayemi, who is its candidate.
But Adeyeye, now an APC chieftain, said the latest WAEC result has exposed the alleged rot in the education sector under Fayose.
In a statement yesterday by Director of Publicity, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye Movement (PAAM), Niyi Ojo, Adeyeye said the NECO success was achieved owing to reforms by the administrations of Segun Oni and Fayemi, only bearing fruit under Fayose.
The former Chairman of State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) under Oni said the huge investment in the sector “was undeservedly appropriated by Fayose as his achievements.”
Adeyeye said: “One wonders how you could achieve such outstanding result without any investment whatsoever in infrastructural and human capital development.
“Fayose was claiming that he could reap without sowing; now the deceit has been exposed.
“There has not been recruitment of teachers to teach these students in the last three and half years. In most schools, graduates of Religious Studies are made to teach English Language, Physics graduates teaching Chemistry and Business Administration teaching Accounting.
“The core subject allowances paid by Fayemi as well as rural allowance were cancelled by Fayose.
“Salaries are owed for up to eight months arrears, no furniture for teachers and students and morale at the lowest ebb.”
The statement went on: “The teachers are not motivated and students groaning under taxation by the government that kept most of them out of the school compound.
“There is no provisional textbooks and other instructional materials to aid learning.
“The destruction wrought upon the education sector by Fayose is now finally manifesting. It will take years to rebuild the education sector in Ekiti State from the present decay.
“That is why we earnestly pray for Dr Fayemi to come back and save the education sector from total collapse.