El-Rufai: ‘Northern students have become Lazy due to Low JAMB cut-off marks’
El-Rufai claims that low cut-off marks for northern students have done more harm than benefit to the region.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State believes that “preferential scores” given to northern students taking the yearly Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) exams has hastened the north’s backwardness.
As a manner of increasing enrolment and fostering education in the north, the bar has always been set lower for northerners seeking admission to primary, intermediate, and higher schools in the region.
El-Rufai, on the other hand, sees affirmative action as a long-term detriment.
“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,” El-Rufai stated in an interview on ChannelsTV’s.
He further stated that: “Against this differential JAMB and 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.”
El-Rufai went on to say that if students in the north are given the same cut-off grades as students in other regions of the country, they will be able to compete on a national and international level.
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