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Group faults Makinde over cancellation of third term, demands review

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A civil rights group, Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN), has declared that the cancellation of third term academic session by the Oyo State government without provisions for makeup compromise education standard in the state.

The state government had last month released the calendar for the resumption of schools in the state.

Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Olasunkanmi Olaleye said the state executive council approved the academic calendar to guide resumption of classes.

Olaleye said the third term for 2019/2020 session had been cancelled and promotion of students for all affected classes would be determined by the first and Second term continuous assessment.

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But SPN maintained that the new calendar recently approved by governor Seyi Makinde has created a serious lacuna in the academic programme.

SPN Secretary, Ayodeji Adigun who spoke on behalf of the party said, ”We reject the new 2020/2021
academic calendar recently approved for the resumption of schools and examinations for students in terminal classes across the State. It is our belief that this new academic calendar in which the third term of 2019/2020 academic session has been cancelled and its stipulated scheme of work without allowance for makeup is a compromise of the standard of education in the state.

“The significance of a third term to every academic session at least in both the primary and secondary levels of education cannot be overemphasised. It is a period that usually allows schools to get their teaching activities regularised by attending to all unfinished or omitted topics including a review of the previous terms’ work which often facilitate better understanding and assimilation.

“The assessment test and promotional examination often conducted during this period also offer opportunities to assess the students’ overall level of understanding on all the works done for the whole academic session.

“Judging from this background, we of the SPN, strongly feel that the best way to reopen the schools for the resumption of students after such a long period of distraction due to the COVID-19 pandemic should have been with an adequate academic calendar that will be a product of democratic deliberation of a committee that is opened to representatives of workers in the sector, parents and other stakeholders.

“Such academic calendar must accommodate programmes for the completion of the second term examinations which was aborted in many schools to avoid the pandemic as well as the third term scheme of work for the 2019/2020 academic session, which must allow for the immediate revision classes, assessment tests, assignments and promotion examination before proceeding to a new academic session.

Subsequently, the group demanded a review by a committee that will comprise representatives of workers in the educational sector, parents and other relevant stakeholders.

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