The Executive Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has cried out over the mass failure of students of the state in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
The state governor attributed the mass failure to poor knowledge and understanding of Information Communication Technology (ICT).
The governor who was represented by his deputy, Kayode Alabi, complained about the development during the 7th Convocation Ceremony of the Kwara State University (KWASU), in Malete.
“Today, Kwara has regressed in many areas. We recently read about how several students from the state struggled with Computer-Based UTME, apparently resulting in mass failure among our children.
“This must be tackled immediately if Kwara must compete in the 21st century economy dominated by ICT. How do we get our children to understand the ‘liberating and exploitative’ powers of information in digital age when they don’t even have the most basic knowledge of computer?
“Our administration is disturbed by the systemic problem in our education system which manifested in the 2019 UTME. It is immaterial if there are other parts of Nigeria with similar crisis.
“We in Kwara, have a duty to roll back this anomaly in the most practical way. We have a duty to ensure that the overwhelming majority of our children are given the opportunity to excel by having access to IT-enabled education,” he stated.
Gov. AbdulRazaq commended KWASU for “helping to redraw the map of Nigeria by gradually and in the most ambitious ways, bringing out state to national and global reckoning.