It’s needless to begin mounting blocks of emphasis on the sheer importance of passing an examination of waec’s magnitude. The West African Examination Council (waec) has long been a traditional yardstick for analysing how well students have taken to all the knowledge – both discrete and enormous – from their various secondary school;via examinations cutting across the length and breath of Subjects offered while in high school.
Of course, gaining admission into higher institutions require that a candidate obtain satisfactory grades in his or her waec result, bar the use of few other alternative examinations such as NECO.
If candidates wouldn’t want to perform excellently in the examinations, atleast for the sole aim of also having the chance of joining up with other mates in the higher institutions, any candidate would presumably, like to take the examinations seriously , and end up with fine-tush grades- one coming from ‘malpractice-free’ examination, I’m supposed to mean! Excluding few other ones who display gross brilliance by soaking all the best grades possible inside their own bowls.
Nevertheless, it’s not intresting neither is it pleasant to uncover the salient downward drop in the performances of candidates who sat for the examinations in previous years. Quoting from an online publication,
The Head of National Office (HNO) of
WAEC, Dr Charles Eguridu, announced the
released of the full results of 1,543,683
candidates who sat for its May/June 2013
Secondary School Certificate Examination,
on Wednesday, 7th August, 2013 when he
addressed a news conference in Lagos. He
said 889,636 candidates obtained six
credits and above, while 1,074,065 others
obtained five credits and below. that is to
say, only (about 60% out of 100%)
It was all-worse in 2014,as just a mere 39% candidates were able to muster five credits and above;leading to explicate delay in admission into University and polytechnic that year.
Also, quoting from same source…..
758,849 candidates representing 47.62% obtained
six credits and above while 949,862 candidates
representing 59.61% obtained five credits and
The results of 118,101 candidates, representing
7.41% are being withheld in connection with
various cases of examination malpractice.
Perusing through the various bemoaning statistics, it’s quite apparent that the quality of results being dished out by the examination body to candidates exposes the continuous decay that has enclosed the performance of students in the West African examination Council. It wouldn’t be otherwise bad at all to see impressive results like ‘70% possess atleast six credits and above’ ! But, While this is possible, persistent hardwork is well required and It’s therefore going to be ‘forced efforts’ on everyone’s part to begin to analyse the REASONS that may be behind this recent slump in the educational system of the nation.
(hilarious, isn’t it)
Has the quality of education on the part of the government dropped? Are the schools not doing enough to provide necessary details for these annual candidates to enable them Excel in the examinations? Or, are the students the ones putting square pole in round pegs? – em, is the day-to-day advancement in Internet and browsing Helping the matter at hand at all? It’s all debatable and contestable.
But what ever your opinions are, above all,even though it may require stringent efforts, the government, the teachers, the upcoming candidates of WAEC, have to roll up their sleeves, in order to arrest the recent slumps, and put impressive results on the boards for all to see and appreciate.
-Olumurewa Dunmade Joel