Oyo state has said the results of the recent West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) is the best result in 18 years.

According to the state government, 54.18 per cent of the students had a minimum of five credits in Mathematics and English while 29,174 out of the 53,850 candidates who sat for the exam had a minimum of five credits pass.

Toye Arulogun, commissioner for information, on Wednesday said the 2017 average results had an improvement ratio of above 100 per cent when compared with the 2016 results.

The commissioner pointed out that the improvement was as a result of government’s renewed commitment and efforts to reverse the downward trend in the performances of students in WAEC and NECO examinations.

He said the state also came second in the 2016 NECO results ranking.

Arulogun said: “We want to reclaim our status as the Pace Setter and so many policies have been introduced to ensure that our aspirations regarding quality education for the people of the state are achieved.

“We have cancelled automatic promotion in our schools, introduced the School Government Board (SGB) OYOMESI, Education Trust Fund ETF, WAEC Boot Camp, and Extra Mural classes, Staff review for optimisation of workforce. These and many other state government’s Initiatives are already yielding fruitful results and we will not rest on our oars.”

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