Governor Muhammadu Yahaya has lamented the failure of pupils from Gombe State to meet the entry requirements into tertiary institutions of learning, thereby leaving vacant the admission quota for the state in various institutions across the country.
The governor, however, vows to reverse the trend by repositioning the current educational status of the state from the bottom to an appreciable stage.
This was communicated in a release made available to newsmen by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor, Media and Publicity, Mr Ismaila Uba Misilli. He noted that Yahaya made this remark at the 5th annual general meeting of the Old Students’ Association of the Government Secondary School, Gombe.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, the governor said, “All over the world, governments have the fundamental responsibility of ensuring positive development of their citizenry and this can only be achieved through provision of qualitative education.
“Gombe State has a considerable number of potential candidates for admission into tertiary institutions and government must give them necessary support to actualise their dreams.
“We must therefore take urgent decisive measures to reverse this trend by ensuring that those saddled with the task of training these children in schools are in proper frame of mind and qualified to teach”, the governor stressed.
He called on Parents Teachers’ Associations and school-based management committees to complement government efforts of ensuring that henceforth products from Gombe State schools compete favourably with their peers across the country and even beyond.