Only 39% Passed WAEC in 2012- Rufa’i0
The Honourable Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i, OON, on Monday, 10 December, 2012, expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of students in this year’s West African Examinations Council (WAEC), with only 39 % of candidates that sat for the examination scaling through, despite the efforts of the Federal Government to reduce the trend. She stated this while declaring open a two-day National Conference on Examinations organised by the Federal Ministry of Education (FME), at the Idris Abdulkadir Auditorium, National Universities Commission (NUC).
Madam Minister recalled that one of the first actions she took after assumption of duty in April 2010, was to look at the challenges faced by students over the non release of their examination results in order to address same. This, according to her, led to the setting up of the committee on ‘Release My Result,’ that worked closely with State Ministries of Education and examinations bodies such as WAEC, the National Examinations Council (NECO), Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and National Board for Business and Technical Education (NABTEB), to sort out cases associated with late release and withheld results, among others.
The Minister remarked that a review of the results over the years, showed that there has been decline in the number of candidates who obtain five credits and above, including English Language and Mathematics, which, are basic entry requirements into higher institutions. While 30.9% were able to meet this requirement in WAEC in 2011, only 8.1 obtained same in NECO, saying that against this background, the FME organised the 2nd Edition of the Examinations Summit in 2011, where stakeholders converged to proffer
solution to the causes of students’ poor performances in public examinations.
Professor Rufa’i noted that the Summit afforded stakeholders the opportunity to extensively identify the reasons for the trend, stressing that the outcome of the Summit convinced the Ministry to make it an annual event, which is expected to continue until such a time that the nation experiences stability. She expressed delight that since the last summit, there had been improvement in the performance of students, with 39% of them obtaining 5 Credits and above in both English Language and Mathematics in WAEC, as well as 31.58% in NECO, when compared to last year’s lower figures. She assured stakeholders of government’s continued determination to transform the education sector for the good of the country.
Earlier in his speech, the Minister of State for Education, Barr. Nyesom Wike, remarked that, as active players in the education sector, the participants were familiar with the nation’s educational challenges, especially those related to the performance of students in national examinations and the pragmatic steps taken by the Federal Government to provide remedies He said the performance of students at the basic level is very essential as it determines whether they will go further for higher education or not, stressing that the forum will not only build a good foundation for students but also prepare them for future challenges.
Barr. Nyesom said government has done a lot to improve the education sector in the provision of learning resources, teachers professional development programme, expansion of access and improvement of quality to make it globally competitive. He appealed to the stakeholders to focus on areas that would restructure the capacity of both teachers and students in the best interest of the country, calling on parents and guardians to also play their roles actively to ensure a better tomorrow for their children. He applauded Mr. President for making investment in education a core priority in his transformation agenda, which, he explained, would no doubt ensure the raising of critical manpower for Nigeria’s development and the realisation of national and international goals.
The Permanent Secretary, FME, Dr. MacJohn Nwaobiala, urged the participants to view the conference as a call to national service meant to address the performances of students in national examinations. He expressed optimism that the event would not only serve as a turning point in the revitalisation of government’s hope for better results, but also to rekindle the efforts of the Education Ministers towards improving the sector.
A statistical data on the level of students’ performance across the country showed that those from the Northern part, especially North-East states, performed poorly in the public examinations. For instance, out of a total of 16, 633 that sat for WAEC this year, only 251 of
them had 5 credits and above, including English language and Mathematics. A further analysis showed that in Gombe, only 906 out of 21, 233 had 5 credits and above, while only 1,706 made it out of 32, 410, in Adamawa State.
Some of the presentations at the conference included Poor Performance in Nigeria Public Examinations: Factors, Issues and Challenges by the Director, Institute of Education, University of Abuja, Professor A. B. C Orji, and those of the four examination bodies, WAEC, NECO, NABTEB and JAMB.
Present at the Summit were the Executive Secretaries of NUC, Professor Julius A. Okojie, National Commission for Colleges of Education, (NCCE), Professor Muhammad Junaid. The Executive Secretary of the National Teachers Institute (NTI), Dr. Mas’ud Kazaure, was represented by Mr. Ade Durojola. Others were some Commissioners of Education, principals of schools, traditional rulers, non-governmental organisations, parents and guardians among others.
Source: NUC Bulletine