The Bayelsa state chapter of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) on Tuesday, raised the alarm that a generation of youths was on the verge of being wasted with the seizure of the last West African Examinations Council (WAEC) results by the examination body.
WAEC had refused to release the results over unpaid debts owed it by the Bayelsa State government. By implication, pupils who mad respective cut off marks in the last Unified Tertiary and Matriculation Examination might forfeit their admissions.
But in a statement issued by the state publicity secretary, Fortune Panebi, the APC berated Governor Seriake Dickson, accusing him of deliberately scuttling the destinies of bright children who are leaders of tomorrow.
“While the situation the non-payment of teachers’ salaries in Bayelsa continues to be an embarrassment to all and sundry even as the governor’s deliberate impoverishment of public servants has now become an ego issue on his part, a far more dangerous twist is looming in the education sector in Bayelsa state.
“This is the seizure of the results of secondary school pupils by WAEC over the state government’s refusal to pay statutory dues. This is a brazen act, the height of irresponsibility on the part of a government. To say the least, Governor Dickson is deliberately wasting away a generation of tomorrow’s leaders due to his inaction in this regard.
“While we call on well meaning individuals to prevail on the governor, we sympathize with the parents of the pupils for this pain, an ordeal not worth it for whatever reason. To the affected pupils, while we pray for a divine intervention in this regards, we share in your distress, despair and disappointment.
It will be recalled that public primary and secondary schools in Bayelsa have yet to resume for the 2016/2017 session because of the failure of the state government to settle their seven months salary arrears.
The teachers embarked on a strike at the end of the 2015/2016 long vacation which ended in the first week of September.