WAEC May/June 2014 Mass Failure: Students, Teachers to blame
The mass failure in the May/June 2014 WAEC result is to be blames on students and teachers as it shows a high level of lack of seriousness from both parties. Professor Nelson Alpotu of Delta State Unoversity, Abraka, said, “It is disheartening. It is an indication of lack of seriousness on the part of learners and teachers. The mass failure has been a recurring decimal. The public has lost interest in hard work and scholarship.
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On her part, Dr. Patience Enaibe of the College of Education, Warri, said: “Tight invigilation and supervision of the exam must have weakened their indulgence in exam malpractice and so those who depended on it had no option but to fail.”
Also reacting, the deputy vice-chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education, Prof Joseph Olusanya, said there are so many factors responsible for the decline. Students’ nonchalant attitude is very appalling, he stated.
Primary and secondary levels are half-baked. The level of seriousness of students is on the high decrease because the introduction of modern technology has taken their time. Due to low
remuneration of teachers, they combine business with teaching which also affects output.
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“Most of them are busy chatting on phone and playing with computers and laptops. Students nowadays depend on “orijo” which make reading culture be on a low side. They are fond of cutting corners,” he said.
The deputy vice-chancellor affirmed that solution to mass failure will not come overnight, saying government needs to make the teaching profession attractive.
“Teacher training process must be overhauled because the entry qualification is now low. Teachers must be adequately paid and students should know that there is no cutting of corners. Parents should stop purchasing results for their children,” he said.
The Education Right Campaign blamed government for poor funding of education.
The spokesperson for ERC, Hassan Soweto, said, “The poor performance is failure of government to fund education and poor education policies. No standard facilities in our primary and secondary schools.
“Also, teachers are not being paid attractive salaries. Government and teachers must help the situation and this will go a long way to bring back the lost glory.”
On his part, the vice-chancellor of Caleb University, Prof Ayodeji Olukoju, complained of the extinction of reading culture and low commitment of teachers.
“Do we have teachers that are dedicated? Some of them joined the teaching profession because they have nowhere to go. We have to start the overhauling from the primary school level.
“The question is, do we have quality teachers in primary school which is the foundation for the students? We have years of ill-preparation. Government and the concerned parties should wake up to their responsibilities,” he added.
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The HNO of WAEC recently disclosed that in May/June 2010, 23.71 per cent passed; in 2011, 30.91 per cent passed; while in 2012, about 39 per cent passed.