Delta state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has directed principals of secondary schools located in flood devastated areas of the state to ensure that SS111 students were registered in the NECO and WAEC School Certification examinations
Dr. Uduaghan gave the directive Tuesday night during a serial meeting with political appointees and House of Assembly members to review the flood situation in the state.
He enjoined principals in the flood areas to immediately take action and register students for the school certificate examinations.
He told them not to fail because any form of complacency on their part would impede the academic progress of the students.
His words “You cannot afford to fail to register the students. Don’t toy with the future of the students. They must write NECO and WAEC School Certificate examination so put machinery in motion now to get them registered.”
The governor, who also directed the state ministry of Education to conduct JSS111 Certificate examinations, said the flood should not be used as an excuse to truncate the academic ambition of students.
Dr. Uduaghan explained that every student has a time frame for the completion of an academic programme and directed the state ministry of Education to ensure that students in flood devastated areas were not frustrated.
He also directed the commissioner in charge of the ministry to immediately call for a meeting of principals and convey the position of the state government on various examinations.
Emphasizing further he said “The educational programme of students in flooded communities should not be truncated. Talk to them so that they do not only write JSS111 examination but both the WAEC and NECO external examinations”
In answer to a question the governor announced that the state government would build temporary structures for flood victims in communities where houses were completely destroyed.
Dr. Uduaghan said most of the houses especially mud ones would no longer be strong enough for human habitation and promised that after the houses have been assessed and the communities fumigated; his administration would decide whether to allow victims go back to their old houses or build temporary structures for them.
He therefore advised flood victims anxious to go back to their houses to wait for fumigation and the technical assessment of their houses before doing so.
The governor who also directed the ministry of Environment to traverse flood devastated communities and assess where and when victims could move into their old house, said: “check the boreholes and ensure that the water was not contaminated. We want to avoid the out break of water borne diseases and you should assess the water from boreholes. They should not drink the water now”.