I write to plead with you Sir, to intervene in a terrible situation that threatens your laudable programmes in post-secondary education. This is in a way very few unpatriotic people among lecturers in state-owned higher institutions are trying to sabotage your efforts in seeing more indigenes of the state gain admission for higher learning. Because I missed the several chances provided by your government for local and international sponsorship for studies, I applied for Interim Joint Matriculation Board IJMB examination at the Kano School of Arts and Remedial Studies CAS in 2012.
They told us it was for a year, but we registered in September 2012 and wrote the IJMB examination in February 2014. Unfortunately, one of the courses I registered for (Biology) was replaced with Physics on my exam card and when I complained, my examination officer made corrections and counter-signed the card. However, on the release of our results still Physics not the Biology I sat for was placed and marked withheld. When I enquired from my department, I was told that several of us had similar issues and was asked to write a formal complaint which I did immediately in May 2014.
We continued to go and enquire from the school (CAS) without progress in our case which they earlier said they were taking to the examining institution (ABU Zaria) that same month (May). But there was not anything positive until late August that someone called the phone number I gave (my mother’s) and just told her that if I wanted, I could go and write the exam again next February 2015 without any explanation on what happened to the one I wrote this year.
I made several efforts to know what happened but no one was ready to listen to me. But when my father contacted one of his friends in the school, he was told in confidence that there were so many mix-ups and many students’ complaints were misplaced in the exam office in the school because of negligence. He said ABU requested for the complaints in May (the month we submitted) but were not actually taken there until early August.
Your Excellency Sir, these are the type of people sabotaging your laudable programmes especially in education, which is most likely due to political reasons, so there is the need for the state government to take appropriate measures in checking them.
I don’t even know what to do now because my ambition of becoming a Nurse or Pharmacist is being threatened by these careless people who are toying with our future and that of our state in general.
I feel sad Sir, that my effort of taking after my mother’s dedication and honesty in public service is being threatened by these reckless people.
In 2012, my mother (Binta Muhammad Tudunwada) was honoured the 3rd best Vice Principal of Kano State in the Senior Secondary School Board Director General’s annual merit award for outstanding performance.
Just this year also, she was given a letter of commendation part of which reads: “Consequent upon your honest behaviour of returning to the state government treasury the overpayment made to you in respect of the termly upkeep allowances approved by the govt. I am directed to extend board’s commendation to you for your sincerity and dedication and further pray that you will keep up the noble gesture please.”
Your Excellency Sir, please save me in any way you can and don’t allow these careless and reckless people spoil my future and many others like me who have no one to fight for them.
May God continue to guide and protect you to bring more laudable projects to our state and nation at large. May He also allow you see this letter and assist in your usual helpful manner. Yours faithfully
Khadija Sabo wrote in from Zoo Road, Kano City