Why Nigeria records mass failure in WAEC

Why Nigeria records mass failure in WAEC

***Body identifies poor command of

English, spelling errors

Fresh facts emerged at the weekend as to

why many candidates, who sit for the West

African Senior School Certificate

Examinations, WASSCE, usually perform

poorly in the country.

It would be recalled that only 616,370

(38.68 per cent) from 1,593,442

candidates, who sat for this year’s May/

June edition of the examination,

conducted by West African Examinations

Council, WAEC, obtained credit passes and

above in five subjects, including English

language and mathematics.

English and mathematics are mandatory

subjects’ combination to secure admission

into tertiary institutions in and outside

the country.

It would also be recalled that the results

of previous exams, especially in the last

five years were no better.

Among the reasons for the persistent mass

failure, according to the examination

body, include the use of text messages

abbreviations, like “u” for you in writing,

especially in English language and poor

command of language as well as

indiscriminate lifting of portions of set

passages as answers.

This shocking revelation was an

observation of the Nigeria Examinations

Committee, NEC, of WAEC, which is the

highest decision making organ of the

council as contained in a communiqué,

issued at the end of its 60th meeting held

in Lagos last week.

The committee, through the General

Résumé of the Chief Examiners’ Reports,

according to the communiqué signed by the

Public Affairs Officer of the council, Mr.

Demianus Ojijeogu, also observed that

many candidates failed because of spelling

errors, misinterpretation of questions,

illegible handwriting and poor

interpretation of technical terms.

Similarly, the committee, which also

observed cases of malpractice during last

year’s November/ December and May/June

diets, endorsed appropriate sanctions in

all established cases of practice as

prescribed by the Rules and Regulations

governing the conduct of the council’s


According to the communiqué, the

committee also approved cancellation of

entire or part of results of candidates

found culpable of malpractice as the case

may be.

Such candidates and their centres will also

be barred from writing or presenting

candidates for a certain number of years

to serve as deterrent to others.

The committee has equally blacklisted

indicted supervisors for their ignoble

roles, while erring teachers and principals

would be reported to their state ministries

of education and association respectively

for disciplinary action.

All these decisions, according to the

communiqué will be implemented