By Kehinde Oluwatayo
As Ondo State conducted common entrance into public secondary schools in the state over the weekend for the 2021/2022 academic calendar, no fewer than 69,138 candidates sat for the exam in over 271 centres across the state.
Disclosing this shortly after leading a monitoring team to some exam centres in Akure, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Lola Amuda described the exam as an improvement on the previous one.
Amuda who said most of the centres had accredited their candidates before expiration of accreditation time noted that just two or three centres had prolonged accreditation compared to the previous one.
“We thank God for the good weather, so far no adverse report has been recorded. Our exercise today is a great improvement over what we had last weekend. The conduct is satisfactory”, she said.
On complaint of congestion by a parent, Amuda said “we noted it in some centres visited especially where they used halls, we will improve on this in our next exam.
She said the result of the exam should be ready within two weeks since the officers of the ministry are involved in the conduct of two other exams going on currently in the state.
Reacting to the conduct of the exam, Vice Principal of Aquinas College Akure, Mr Clement Fapounda commended the staff of the ministry for organising a seamless exam.
According to him, “When I got to the Zonal Education Office at exactly 7:00am, the question papers were ready. There is great improvement over previous exams”.
A Proprietor, Mr Damilare Ilesanmi called for the creation of more centres to decongest some congested ones but described the exam as free of chaos.
A parent, Mrs Esse Omotola commended the ministry for organising a peaceful exam adding that they did not waste the time of parents.