Examination Mass failure : Too much emphasis on Mathematics and English- Educationists

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According to the former President,

National Association of Proprietors of

Private Schools, Dr. Saidu Mijinyawa, in

an interview with the punch

newspaper, “The country is

consecutively hostage with high failure

rate in WASSCE and NECO because of

fear/anxiety before and during learning

and exam periods due to overblown

importance of mathematics and English

over other subjects or even above the

existence of the person. This is due to

the fact that those who fail any of them

are denied access to further their

tertiary education in the name and on

the account that they have no credits in

English and mathematics.”

Also, Speaking on factors bedevilling

Nigeria’s education sector, the UNESCO

Chairman, Open Distance Learning,

University of South Africa, Prof. Dele

Braimoh, at a recent workshop in

Lagos said “the emphasis placed on

both subjects was a deliberate act by

both exam bodies…the emphasis on

the two subjects has made the exam

bodies and authorities use that as a

means of earning their living from

desperate candidates or parents who

are left with no other option than to

annually return to them for another

registration. If it is not what they are

doing, why would a huge percentage

of candidates fail mathematics this year

and all candidates pass English, then

next year, all candidates will fail English

and pass mathematics? Why?”

The Professor further said “too much

emphasis on paper qualification affects

the reasoning of candidates…I think we

have placed too much emphasis on

paper qualification. These candidates

are told that if they don’t make all their

papers, they would not enter the

university. Now, it’s either they study,

cram or cheat. And just a few of them

actually study. A large percentage of

them just want to cheat their way

through these external exams and get

into the university. Their focus is on

making their complete papers.”

For the education sector to be revived,

Braimoh said those in power must

begin to see education as the key to

achieving social-economic

development, “The education sector is

what it is because the Federal

Government has commercialised

education… The government is not

putting things right. ..this sector should

be seen as an area of great concern.

But it’s hard for those in power to think

in this line when they have their

children abroad…”

Cosmos Obiozele, who wrote WASSCE

last year, said his disinterest in

Mathematics had triggered his failure.

“I’ve never liked mathematics. Even

when the exam was approaching, I had

no strong interest to study. I did not

put in much effort like I did for other

subjects, because I knew I would fail it.

May be if my teachers had helped me

work on my fear for Mathematics, I

would have done much better.”


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