Senator Emmanuel Bwacha representing Taraba South in the National Assembly has called for urgent action from stakeholders in the educational sector to halt the falling standard of education in the Country.
Bwacha who is the Deputy Senate Minority Leader made the call on Sunday while addressing participants at an Educational Summit organized by Strategic Education Intervention Group in Wukari.
The Senator who described the level of decline in the standard of education as very alarming said something drastic need to be done to reverse it.
According to him, too much emphasis on certificate rather than skill and competency has given rise to indiscriminate rush to acquire certificate without passing through the proper channels.
“We are placing too much emphasis on certificate without commensurate capacity and skills. This has destroyed the fabrics of the Nigerian society with square pegs being placed in round holes.
“The rush to acquire certificates have led to a sharp increase in examination malpractices which is being perpetrated by almost all the stakeholders in the sector including Schools and parents,” he lamented.
The lawmaker revealed that most privately owned schools engage in stiff competition to outdo each other in examination malpractices in order to woo parents to bring their wards to their Schools thereby gaining unmerited advantage over other Schools.
He warned that the future of the Country is in grave danger if urgent measures are not taken to halt the development.