Patrick Kelechi -The education reforms introduced by the administration of Governor Godwin Obaseki, have continued to yield results, as Edo state emerged overall best in the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).


According to recent data released by WAEC and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Edo State recorded 92.8 percent pass rate among students who sat for the examination in the state.,


The state also came second in the ranking of the pass rate among public schools who wrote the examination across Nigeria in 2021.


According to the data, Edo state came first in the national tally with 92.8 percent of students, who passed the exams with five credits, including English and Mathematics, followed closely by Enugu State in the second position with 92.7 percent, Anambra state ranks third with 92.2 percent, Benue State came fourth with 91.5 percent, Ebonyi state came fifth with 90.5 percent and Cross River State is sixth with 90.2 percent.


In the ranking of the performance of public schools which presented candidates for the exam, Enugu State came first with 93.9 percent; Edo ranked second with 93.5 percent; Benue came third with 91.7 percent; Ebonyi came fourth with 91.3 percent, while Anambra came fifth with 91.3 percent.


The Obaseki-led administration has over the years implemented far-reaching reforms across the education ecosystem, beginning with the basic education sector.


The reforms have seen a number of teachers in public schools in the state receiving national awards for their devotion to service and innovation in the classroom.


The governor was awarded the NUT Governor of Year by the Nigerian Union of Teachers in 2019 in recognition of his multifaceted reforms and initiatives in the state’s education sector.