Preferential Cut-Off Marks By JAMB Has Not Helped The North, It Made Our Students Lazy — el-Rufai

The governor of Kaduna state, Nasir el-Rufai says the “differential scores” that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) allocate to northern students have “made our people lazy”.

El-Rufai stated this during his chat with Channels TV on Monday.

He said the preferential scores “have not helped” the northern region out of the educational detriment it has been fighting since independence.

The governor, however, asked that JAMB eradicate the low cut-off marks so as to encourage students from the region “to work hard and compete”.

“The north has always been behind in education. We’ve continuously been the disadvantaged region right from independence even though we’re given preferences, JAMB scores and all that. That has not helped; in fact, it has made our people lazy,” he said.

“Against this differential JAMB and FG (federal government) scores, I think people should be encouraged to work hard and compete, and we are prepared to make our children in Kaduna state be competitive, not only in the state but globally.”

Number of schools across Kaduna have been shut for months as a result of the security situation in the state.

The Kaduna governor said the state will start reopening schools “from the next two weeks”.

“The schools are closed now because, on the advice of security agencies, they need a couple of months to undertake massive security operations. We are confident that from the next two weeks, we would start the gradual reopening of schools,” the governor said.

“The continuous closure of schools is exactly what bandits and Boko Haram want, and we are not going to let them win, but we must put the safety of our children and teachers first.”