‘Why some stu­dents fail WAEC, NECO woe­fully’

Daily Trust - - JOBS & CAREERS - Text by Chidimma C. Okeke

The Zonal Di­rec­tor of Na­tional Ex­am­i­na­tion Coun­cil (NECO), Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory Zonal Of­fice, Abuja, Mustapha Ab­dul has said the rea­son some stu­dents failed the West African Ex­am­i­na­tion Coun­cil (WAEC) and NECO was linked to par­ents in­ter­fer­ence in the ed­u­ca­tion of their wards.

Ab­dul said ma­jor­ity of par­ents in Nige­ria force schools to ter­mi­nate pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion of their chil­dren in pri­mary five and that forms a crack in the foun­da­tion of what the child is sup­posed to as­sim­i­late.

The zonal di­rec­tor who was speak­ing at the 15th grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony of Tophill Schools, Abuja dis­closed that in 2010, about 1.2mil­lion stu­dents that sat for WAEC and NECO only less than 10 per cent made five cred­its in­clud­ing math­e­mat­ics.

“It be­came very wor­ri­some to the par­ents and gov­ern­ment that was when we started con­duct­ing re­search to find out why some­body should spend six years in sec­ondary school and pri­mary school and came out to write ex­am­i­na­tion that will re­de­fine his life and then fail woe­fully.”

“We got part of the rea­son and crit­i­cal to the an­swer, we dis­cov­ered that ma­jor­ity of par­ent in Nige­ria ter­mi­nate pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion in pri­mary five in­stead of the stan­dard pri­mary six,” he said.

The Pro­pri­etress of the school, Mrs. Kate Nomh­wange con­firmed that there has been pres­sure from some par­ents in­sist­ing that pupils are grad­u­ated from pri­mary five and some de­mand­ing pri­mary four but that the school re­fused the im­ple­ment the sug­ges­tion.

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