Mixed reactions trail WAEC mass failure

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Aug 15th, 2014
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examwaec dpSome Nigerians on Friday expressed mixed reactions on the 70 per cent mass failure in the May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results.

A cross section of Nigerians, who spoke with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN in Abuja, attributed the failure to non-charlatan attitude by students, teachers and the government.

Prof. Chris Okoro, the Commissioner for Education, Enugu State, attributed the mass failure to poor reading culture by students.

“Students no longer read because they know they can engage in examination malpractice. So, how do you think they can pass the examinations?

“If you look at that result critically, you will find out that a good number of the failures must have participated in examination malpractices,’’ he said.

Okoro said the mass failure could also be attributed to lack of proper coordination by the students during the exercise.

“Some of the students forget they are writing examination and start writing the ways they text GSM messages.’’

He said the Federal Government had been doing a lot to improve the education system through funding, training, provision of structures, among others.

“It is time for stakeholders, such as the students, teachers, and parents, among others, to take responsibility for their actions,’’ okoro said.

He advised that anybody found involved in examination malpractice should be sanctioned.

Mr Lawal Adebola, a senior official in the Ministry of Education, Ogun, also attributed the mass failure to lack of commitment from students, teachers and parents.

“We cannot blame specific group for the mass failure, it is a collective responsibility, we are all guilty and we need to look for a way out to solve the problem.

“We need to work further to ensure that students at that level are well catered for by the government, by the system, the school and teachers.‘’

Adebola said there was need for the re-orientation of the students to actually know why they were in school and the essence of WAEC certificate.

Mrs Elizabeth Ugo, the Commissioner for Education, Benue State, said the mass failure could be linked to “unserious attitude” of students.

Ugo called on teachers to ensure that students were prepared with the required syllabus for them to do better in the future.

“We need to sit up and do much more in preparing the students for terminal examinations.

“Many children today do not read but spend so much time on the internet. We have to imbibe the culture of reading in our children,’’ she advised.

A parent, Mr Emmanuel Ejiofor, however, attributed the mass failure to lack of proper supervision by teachers and the inconsistency in the educational system.

“It is the fault of the government at all levels. We do not have a consistent or long term policy in the education sector, which is a setback,’’ he said.

A student, Blossom Ukpa, said: “it is a pity that a lot of students failed the examination. They are to be blamed for the mass failure.

“Students no longer make out time to read any more due to laziness; as for me, I leant the hard way, Ukpa said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that WAEC on Monday released the results of the May/June WASSCE.

About 145,795 results, representing 8.61 per cent, are being withheld in connection with various examination malpractices.

Although 1,705,976 candidates registered for the examination, 1,692,435 candidates, consisting of 929,075 male and 763,360 female candidates sat for the exams.

WAEC said only 529,425 candidates, representing 31.28 per cent, obtained credits in five subjects and above, including English language and Mathematics.

The result showed that 1,605,613 candidates, representing 94.87 per cent had their results fully released, while 86,822 candidates, representing 5.13 per cent had few of their subjects still being processed due to some errors. (NAN)

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