APC, PDP Trade Words Over Falling Standard Of Education In Delta

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* The Office Of The Commissioner For Education Is A Field WorkOgbuago

* She Really Doesn’t Know What She Is Talking About If She Said We Don’t Go RoundEbie

The All Progressives Congress (APC) and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Delta State are in a war path over deterioration in the primary and secondary education system in the state.

A former Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education and a chieftain of the Delta state All Progressives Congress, (APC), Veronica Ogbuago, has recently lamented that the esucation sector which has been neglected by the Okowa led administration has led to the current decay of the sector.

Mrs. Ogbuago gave the hint recently in an exclusive interview with our correspondent at the country home of APC leader, Hyacinth Enuha in Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South council area of the state.

“Education was what it was before I became a commissioner, if they have kept to the pace of which I and my directors and all went, it could have been far better. Today it is something else”.

The APC faithful, though commended the present Commissioner, Chiedu Ebie, but however pointed out that there was decay in the system, “Although, the Commissioner is trying but it is more than that, the ministry of education, the office of the commissioner of education is a field work is not where you sit in the office and the decay there is something else because we see these things”.

“Exam malpractice which we fought to a standstill, has taken a different dimension even up to the security guards in schools, gatemen, they are all involved in it right now and children go late to school. It is an enormous task and I don’t see only the Commissioner for Education achieving it. Parents, good people of Delta state will join hands together because it is a work that only one person in the ministry of education can put together.

“It is a pity that before I left the office, I wrote up to forty goals that will reposition education in the state, unfortunately people who came just put that aside. It is a lot of work to be done and God will help them if they really have the interest of education in the state to move it forward” Ogbuago lamented.

In his reaction Thursday during a post exco budget briefing in Government House, the incumbent Basic and Secondary Education Commissioner, Chiedu Ebie said, “when I resumed as the Commissioner Basic and Secondary Education, one of the things I did was to go round and meet with people who have occupied this office. So, in other words my predecessors, to get from them sort of their own experiences and I visited her in Warri”.

According to Ebie, he was more mobile than Ogbuago, adding that “But more importantly, I am sure that I am more mobile than her. I don’t think she would be the best person to say that. She really doesn’t know what she is talking about if she said that we don’t go round”.

On the allegation of examination malpractices, Mr. Ebie said, “And for your information, on Saturday at the Warri marking centre for the basic three resit examination, I spent three hours there, sitting with them in the marking centre supervising what they are doing. I don’t think she did it during her time”.

It will be recalled that Mr. Ebie commented on the Ogbuago’s allegation, the Finance Commissioner, David Edebvie trivialized the statement along political party divide positing that Ogbuago made her allegation base on her present political affiliation.

Meanwhile, Ebie responding to a question put across to him by a reporter on the sorry state of Okwe secondary school which is currently been ravaged by flood, he said “Regarding Okwe secondary school, I am sure you are either from that community or your wife teaches there”.

Also, another question of allegation leveled against the state government and some staff of the Ministry for registration of over 2, 000 unqualified private secondary schools in the state was tactically left unanswered by the Commissioner before leaving the venue of the event.

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