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

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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