By Ismail Auwal

Two weeks after schools resumed in Kano State, graduating primary school pupils in the state remain idle as the state Ministry of Education fails to organise common entrance examination.

The examination is organised yearly by Kano Education Resources Department (KERD), which all graduating primary six pupils must sit for before proceeding to the next class.

But in what the system termed as “sit back”, the affected pupils were moved to “class 7” with no “standard curriculum.”

A teacher in an interview with SAHELIAN TIMES said that, “the students were moved to class 7 where they only go there now just to gist with their friends and play.”

He noted that the same pattern was used in the previous academic year, “The transition of pupils to junior secondary school was also delayed in the last academic session.”

Mallam Lawan, a father to one of the affected pupils in one of the primary schools in Kano, said that he has since stopped his child from going to school and has fully engaged him in another activity to save cost.

“We are waiting for the government to fix a date for the examinations, and only then he will fully resume school.”

Just like the ward of Mallam Lawal, teachers have complained about the drop in attendance of the affected classes.

The State Ministry of Education spokesperson, Aliyu Yusuf, while confirming the failure of the state government to organized the examinations said that preparation is being made by the affected department to fix a date for the exams.


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