By Abubakar Baba Ahmad
Bauchi State Government says henceforth admissions into boarding schools would be strictly based on Merit, willingness and desire of parents and their wards.
Similarly, placement examination is to be conducted for students into JSS one and two as well as SS one and two from Monday eighth to Sunday fourteenth November 2021.
The State Commissioner of Education Dr Aliyu Tilde stated this during press briefing in his office on the outcome of the Basic Education Certificate Examination BECE and the ongoing placement examination in the state.
Dr Aliyu Tilde who said about fifty two thousand candidates sat for BECE out of which forty five thousand are from public schools, lamented the level of malpractice recorded during the exercise.
He explained that centres have been established across the twenty local government areas of the state with three in Bauchi, two in Ningi and one in each of the remaining local councils.
On complaints from certain quarters regarding deboarding of some schools, the Commissioner said government will revert some schools back to boarding only if the required number of students express interest and qualify for intake.
Dr Tilde said the placement examination will afford government to get the students with requisite qualification into its Merit Schools which are replicas of those during Ahmad Adamu Mu’azu administration under the Special Schools Management Board.
He disclosed that all successful candidates for the BECE would be admitted into day schools exept for those who showed interest or made formal request into the reintroduced boarding schools in order to strengthen senior secondary education.
Tilde expressed sadness over the action of some education officials during his three months absence as a result of desolution of rhe state executive council, warning that he wuold not hesitate to punish or transfer any erring staff.
He used the medium to advise parents and guardians to use the one week period and ensure their children write the placement examination in order to guarantee a place at the available boarding schools.