The Senate Deputy Minority Leader, Emmanuel Bwacha has attributed the decline in the nation’s education standard to continuous emphasis on paper qualification rather than skills acquisition.
Senator Bwacha who disclosed this at a summit organized for secondary school teachers in Wukari Local Government Council of Taraba State said all hands must be on deck to address the declining trend.
With three universities in Taraba State coupled with others spread across the country, the lawmaker said the time has come to prepare qualified candidates for the institutions.
The Senator who is representing the southern geo-political zone of the state in the upper chamber said the fallen standard of education has put the nation in dilemma particularly in Taraba State where graduates cannot compete favourably with their mates elsewhere.
“We shall begin to look at areas of legislation; we shall check whether that certificate you are holding is truly yours; if not we shall ask you to give way for the qualified person who can defend his certificate.”
The convener of the summit, Emmanuel Attah said the summit was aimed at improving performance in post primary school external examinations including the West African Senior Certificate Examination (WASSC) and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) among others.