Solanke, Falana task religious bodies on justice, education system

Nigerian lawyers and social critics, Chief (Mrs.) Folake Solanke (SAN), and Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), have urged religious bodies, especially the church, to join public conversation in addressing the crisis in the education sector and ensure justice for the masses.

Solanke, who spoke during the 20th edition of the Mike Okonkwo yearly lecture at the MUSON Centre entitled: ‘Justice as an Instrument of Enduring Peace in National Building’ organised by the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), Mike Okonkwo, in Lagos yesterday, decried the ‘serious scandal’ in the Nigerian education sector in which public and private institutions, including the universities, the Law School, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and others now accept less than 50 per cent as pass mark.

According to her, “as a former teacher of Latin and Mathematics in England and Nigeria, anything below 50 per cent is a failure. Now, institutions in Nigeria accept 40, 45 and 48 per cent as pass marks. Scandalous! I was appalled to hear that JAMB approves of 120 out of 400 as pass mark. 120 out of 400 is 30 per cent.”

Solanke, who chaired the event, said students who gain admissions through such low standard could only come out as unemployable graduates.