The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has said that lowering cut-off marks for northern students by the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) will not make them as competitive as they ought to be.
He asked the examination board to stop awarding preferential scores to students in the northern part of the country.
The governor stated this on Monday during his appearance on Channels Television’s breakfast programme Sunrise Daily.
“Students in the North should not be given lower cut-off marks but the same cut-off marks as their counterparts from other parts of the country for them to be competitive nationally and internationally.
“The north has always been behind in education, we’ve continuously been the disadvantaged region right from independence even though we’re given preferences, JAMB scores, and all that. That has not helped; in fact, it has made our people lazy.
“Against this differential JAMB and Federal Government scores, I think people should be encouraged to work hard and compete and we are prepared to make our children in Kaduna State be competitive, not only in the state but globally”, he said.
On the closure of schools which has been shut for months due to security challenges, the governor said the situation was a result of bandits and terrorists disturbing the state, adding that schools will be resuming in the next two weeks.
“The schools are closed now because, on the advice of security agencies, they need a couple of months to undertake massive security operations. We are confident that from the next two weeks, we would start the gradual reopening of schools,” the governor said.
“The continuous closure of schools is exactly what bandits and Boko Haram want, and we are not going to let them win, but we must put the safety of our children and teachers first.”
The governor vowed to fight those terrorising the state to avoid them from taking over the peace of the state.