By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Commissioner for Education, and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu has disclosed that the state Government is currently conducting the year 2020 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), for Junior Secondary School (JSS 3) students.
According to him, the state government has also introduced a new answer sheet known as Optical Memory Recorder (OMR), to make the examination easier for the students and avoid examination malpractices.
Prof Arigbabu stated this during the monitoring of the examination to some schools in the State explained that BECE marks the end of Junior Secondary education, while the result would be used to streamline students into various classes at the Senior Secondary Level, with the aid of the sheet.
Prof. Arigbabu added that the new initiative would inculcate values and raise morally upright individuals capable of independent thinking and appreciate the dignity of labour.
Arigbabu said this would help to develop patriotic young people, equipped them to contribute to social development and performance of their Civic responsibilities.
“Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), marks the end of Junior Secondary School and the results will be used to streamline students into various classes at the Senior Secondary Level. It provides the students with diverse basic knowledge and skills for entrepreneurship and education advancement’’, he said.
Also, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs. Abosede Ogunleye described the exercise as a dynamic development in line with the current situation globall.
According to her, the aim was to further widen the horizon of the students to conform with the 21st-century system.
In their remarks, the Principals of Gateway Secondary School and St. Peter’s College both in Abeokuta, Mrs. Atinuke Kusimo and Mrs. Lilian Ogun respectively, affirmed that the examination was well organised, saying the OMR was neatly trimmed and well arranged, which has made the 2020 edition more preferable than previous ones.
Also in Ijebu-Ode area, the Principal of Junior Secondary School, Ijebu Muslim College and Adeola Odutola College (Private), Alhaji Adegbaminiyi Salau and Mr. Ebenezer Osunsan, while appreciating Prince Dapo Abiodun’s led-administration for the new initiative, submitted that it has solved a lot of challenges.