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Why Nigerian Students Fails WAEC Exams- Jonathan
2011-02-02    
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The rate of failures recorded in recent years in the West African Examination Council [WAEC} and the National Examination Council {NECO} exams by Nigerian secondary school students has been on the rise,government at all levels had tried at one point or the other to improve the situation but without any noticeable improvement.
However, Incumbent President, Mr.Goodluck Jonathan, a university lecturer himself before he became The President on Tuesday explained why the situation has remained so lately.

The President, in a statement posted on his facebook page stated that low funding of education in Nigeria has affected the overall standard of education, Mr.Jonathan however promised to address the issue with an unprecedented huge allocation for education in the 2011 national budget.

The President stated that allocations to the educational sector has reduced over the year, a situation which had led to drop in the standard and quality of teaching.

Proffering solution in his write-up entitled: "Synergising for education-the way to grow Nigeria"¯ Jonathan said: "You may have noticed from this year's (2011) budget proposal now before the National Assembly that the administration which I head, by the grace of God and the wishes of the Nigerian people, intends to spend a record amount on education. This amount is easily the largest amount ever devoted to education since Nigeria became an independent nation on October 1, 1960.

"One of the root causes of poverty is illiteracy and if we are to make any real progress in fighting illiteracy Nigeria will have to educate Nigerians and elevate our thinking to where we all can collectively change the question from who will change Nigeria?-to the question-how will I change Nigeria?

"Some pundits have criticised government's effort to set up nine additional universities, with at least one in every geo-political zone (of which work has already begun). They have posited that rather than establish new universities the money would be better spent improving those that already exist. I appreciate their profound thoughts but want to remind us all that currently only 10per cent of qualified youths are able to get spaces in our universities. Now consider this, as a father with many children what would you do if you learn that there is not enough food for your children and so some are starving while some are eating but are not having enough to eat. Would you focus your effort on improving the diet of those who have food only? No reasonable father would do that. The first and urgent thing to do would be to create a more level-playing ground as much as is possible and ensure that all children have access to food and when that has been done then you can focus resources on improving the quality of the food

"It is said that societies grow only when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never enjoy. This is precisely what this administration intends to do. As a government, we have a long term plan for Nigeria" education sector which is to devote the lion's share of our resources to education over the next four years. Now the results will not always be immediate and that is okay. We must not be wary of long term investments whose yields and results would come only after the initiating administration has left office"¯

Mr.Jonathan said: "In the past two years we have had abysmal passing rates in both the WAEC and NECO examinations for secondary school leavers. As an educator, I requested for statistics and data on the success rates for those examinations over the years and I discovered that there has been a gradual but steady increase in failure rates. I also requested for and got statistics and data on our national expenditure on education and discovered that allocation to the sector has not matched our population growth.

 
 
 
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Abdulaziz Musa wrote:
What are you going to do to those who have already failed their examinatio?This means that they will just stay at their homes or what else.
 
 
 
 
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