The Federal Government has blamed the problem of mass failure in examinations to poor system of teaching delivery and facilities in many schools across the country.
The Minister of Education, Ruqayyatu Rufai disclosed this in Abuja while announcing that 39 percent of students who sat for the 2012 WAEC examinations obtained credits and above as against 30.9percent last year.
This insignificant hike in percentage according to the Minister is an indicator that the sector is making steady progress and may record major changes by the year 2015.
“Most teachers do not have the required capacity and those that have the capacity may not have undergone any refresher training for quite some time so there is a lot that need to be done,” she said.
Also speaking about the quality of teachers, the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria University Commission (NUC), Julius Okogie said those who teach are those who have searched for other kinds of work without success.
“Those who teach now are those who have no other jobs to do. Some don’t even go to school until the pay day. Except an inspector comes, you wouldn’t find any teacher teaching,” Mr Okogie.
At a national conference on examinations attended by various educational bodies and commissioners nationwide, participants criticized the state governments and poor teacher education for the fallen standards of the nation’s education sector.