Minister of State for Education, Kenneth Gbagi, has directed public examination agencies in the country to henceforth compile results for candidates sitting for the periodic examinations conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and the National Common Entrance Examinations (NECO) separately.

The directive, according to the minister, stipulates that there will be separate compilation of result sheets for privately owned institutions while another exists for government run schools.

He said the Federal Government found the new directive imperative to unravel the root cause of repeated poor performance by candidates sitting for public examinations in the country.

Gbagi also said President Goodluck Jonathan was deeply pained about the abysmal educational system despite attention given to it, adding that whenever the President sees him (Gbagi) at the State House, the initial question from him was 'what are you doing about education?'

The minister spoke during a meeting with executive members of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) in Abuja on Wednesday.

He apologised to the private school proprietors on behalf of the Federal Government for shutting down schools in the country for the just concluded voter registration, noting that government erred by not consulting with stakeholders before the closure.

"Whether the results were favourable to the candidates or not, the public examination bodies have no choice than to release it, but by separating the privately owned institutions and that of public, we would be able to find out where the mass failures are emanating from, because the situation is causing both the government and the ministry embarrassment.

"The new directive stipulates that there should be a separate result collation scheme for privately owned institutions as well as government owned schools, because government is committed to identifying the sector where the mass failures are coming from.

"We used to have this exchange programme in our educational system where foreign students and lecturers come to Nigeria for educational purposes, but presently I think that has gone into total extinction, its' very sad.

"We want to identify the root cause of these problems because I tell you, the President is deeply worried about the situation of education in this country."