The vexing issue of educationally disadvantage states policy came under the sledge hammer of a prominent academic and former Commissioner of Education, Edo state, Prof Ngozi Osarenren.
Speaking at the Silver Jubilee Anniversary of African Independent Television AIT, tagged DAAR NATIONAL DISCOURSE: Ethnic Nationalities & The Emerging Challenges; Managing Project Nigeria, Prof Osarenren bemoan the anachronistic policy which had bedeviled the education sector for decades.
” Admission discrimination will not help us to manage national unity. It is the greatest injustice we have in the sector, where a student score 20 marks and he/ she is admitted and placed above the one that scored 200 marks. I am appealing seriously, we must genuinely invest in education. Every child must be exposed to equal opportunities.”
Visibly worried over the continuous implementation of such policy, the professor of Counselling at the University of Lagos said, ” There must be a deliberate policy on the part of the government to upturn the status quo. We have to ensure that we have the political will. I find it extremely insulting to refer to any part of the country as educationally disadvantage”. She concluded.