Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has ordered the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB ) to make the cut-off marks for students from the north equal to those in the south.
During a live appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily Monday, El-Rufai stated that standardizing the scores will allow students from the North to compete on a national and worldwide level.
El-Rufai also claimed that the state’s current school closures are the main purpose of bandits and terrorists oppressing the state, and that they will not succeed.
“The North has always been behind in education; we’ve always been the disadvantaged region, even though we’ve been granted preferences, JAMB scores, and all that,” he remarked. This hasn’t helped; in fact, it’s made our people more sedentary.
Against this differential JAMB and FG (Federal Government) scores, I think people should be encouraged to work hard and compete and we’re prepared to make our children in Kaduna State to be competitive, not only in the state, but globally.
The schools are closed now because, on the advice of security agencies, they need a couple of months to undertake massive security operations. They’re doing that. We’re confident that from the next two weeks, we’ll start the gradual reopening of schools.
“We’ve moved many of our students in rural areas that we’re not sure we can protect to urban schools, thereby increasing the congestion in urban schools that we can protect.”
“The continuous closure of schools is exactly what bandits and Boko Haram want and we’re not going to let them win but we must put the safety of our children and teachers first,” the governor said.