Kano College of Education and Preliminary Studies Beats 56 IJMB Institutions In Examination Conduct, Performance, 2019

Posted by:Abubakar Dundu

As another round of testimony of governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje's genuine commitment in the education sector, Kano State College of Education and Preliminary Studies is rated as the best among Fifty Six (56) institutions affiliated to Interim Joint Matriculation Examination Board (IJMB) in terms of good behaviour in examination conduct and students performance in the 2019 examination.


In a report put together by the College under the headship of Dr Sunusi Yakubu Ahmad, the Provost, quoted the Chief Supervisor of the IJMB Exams, Mr Matthew Ahmed, commending the College for the high level of discipline exhibited by students during exams and the higher level of dedication and commitment by staff.


The report shows that, out of the total number of students 1,017 who sat for the examination,  594 were males and 423 were females. The exam was conducted between 29th January to 12th February, 2019.


Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje's commitment towards repositioning of education sector in the state, proves workable and practicable with the good results recorded by the College among many other areas.


Result shows that, the College recorded 80 to 100 percent pass in 13 out of the 17 'A Level' subjects that were offered by the IJMB. Which further analysis shows that 699 students, that is 68.73 percent of the total 1,017 students scored the minimum university entry requirements into Level 200, of 8 and above points.


Another distinguishing feature of 2019 IJMB result in the College shows that 7 students scored 16 points (A3). While 27 of them scored 15 points (A2 B) and 665 of the students who sat for the IJMB exams scored 8-14 points.


By way of appreciating the commendable and committed treatment of the College by the state government under Dr Ganduje, the management of the College expresses its appreciation and gratitude to Ganduje for his unrelenting support of education sector in the state.


While acknowledging his support and dedication towards achieving quality education in the state generally, the report says "We are grateful for all the support that the state government has been rendering to the College."


It continues "The approval for taking over of Youth Development Centre at Independence road to cover about 3,500 students, Amana College of Education Kunchi and Government Commercial Secondary School, Airport road, as Demonstration Secondary School, Kano."


Ganduje's coming to power gave room for the College to get an established Law, since 1987. There was an attempt to that effect in 2004, but some bottlenecks erupted which caused the stoppage of the process.


But in 2018 under Ganduje administration, not only Law, it also included into it College of Education. Which gives the state an opportunity to have another College of Education. This goes a long way in strengthening teacher development.


It was the Kano State College of Education and Preliminary Studies Law, 2018 (1439 AH), K.S. Law No. 5 of 2018. The College of Education is approved by the National Commission of Colleges of Education (NCCE), as well as IJMB Board.


Governor Ganduje's strive towards academic excellence in the College attracts an intervention from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) on training and infrastructural development. An award letter for the intervention has already been secured by the Provost.


"We are only responding positively to the call by His Excellency, the Governor, on promoting quality education, especially in science-based courses," Dr Ahmad emphasised.


Students performance in the College skyrockets on annual basis. For example, in the year 2018 total number of students who passed Chemistry were 72 percent, while in the year 2019 they rose to 89.5 percent. In Economics students percentage who passed in 2018, was 61.40 percent, while in 2019 the percentage increases to 82.10 percent.


In Islamic Studies in 2018 the percentage of those who passed was 58 percent, while in 2019 it increases tremendously up to 92.05 percent. In Government in 2018 the percentage stood at 41.84, while in 2019 it moves speedily up to 80.33 percent. 


The A level courses go with tremendous feats. In Arabic the percentage in 2018 was 70 percent, it rose to 100 percent in 2019. In Business Management the performance of the students in 2018 was 51 and moved upward to 69 percent in 2019.


Students performance stood at 90 percent in 2018 and rose to 91.6 percent in 2019. So also in Geography students performance in 2018 was 76.30 percent and became 80.33 percent in 2019.


On general analysis of the 2019 IJMB result, it shows that the percentages of all the courses offered as 'A' level students performed wonderfully well. For example, 87.76 percent passed in Mathematics, 93.42 percent passed in Sociology and History students recorded 100 percent.


As Geology students recorded 100 percent and Biology students passed with 98.52 percent.


On another development that indicates how committed the management of the College appears to be, the National Communication Commission (NCC), also as the Commission's acknowledgement of Ganduje's seriousness in academic excellence at all levels of education in the state, it gave 86 e-Tab computers and desk provision laptops to promote information technology advancement.


As governor Ganduje insists on the fight against drug abuse with serious calls to institutions of learning to chip in for healthier performance and harmonious relationship with their communities,  the College improves tremendously on the town and gown relationship.


Drug-free Day is coined and being intensified by the management of the College, all in an effort to set communities free from the shackles of drug abuse. This, according to the Provost "...is in line with governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje's directive that all learning institutions must contribute their quarter in the fight against drug abuse in our society."


As a result of this programme many youth have abandoned their old habit of drug addiction and embrace some skills training. While at the same time, the school gives some helping hands in assisting some of the ex-abusers to further their studies. This goes a long way in portraying Ganduje's effort in the fight against drug abuse.