Ohanaeze Ndigbo Questions Federal Government Over Discrepancy In Federal Schools’ Cut-Off Marks For Northern And Eastern States
The Federal Government of Nigeria has been accused of being unjust and playing favouritism in the allocation of spaces in Federal Schools through its Cut-Off marks system.
The allegation against the government at the centre was levied yesterday by the highest-ranking Igbo association, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, through a statement by its spokesman, Uche Achi-Okpaga.
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Achi-Okpaga criticised the system whereby students from the Northern states that are deemed to be ‘Educationally Disadvantaged Areas’ are admitted with very low scores while others from the Eastern states have to score very high Cutt-Off Marks before being considered for admission.
The Ohanaeze termed this practice as ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul’ and the ‘highest degree of in-built terror.’ Thus, it called that the system be stopped forthwith.
The statement which was obtained by NIGERIA NEWS read thus: “For instance, whereas Abia State has 65 points for male and female, some states in the North have as low as 7 points for female and 10 points for male. This cannot continue. And funny enough, when products of this unjust system graduate, the same so-called educationally disadvantaged species will get jobs and preferential treatment before his ‘advantage” colleague.
“This is robbing Peter to pay Paul. This is the highest degree of in-built terror against some people in Nigeria and it must stop. It has got to stop. This favouritism must stop if we want to continue as one nation.”
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