We Will Not Introduce Computer Based Test – WAEC

Charles-Eguridu
Mr Charles Eguridu said WAEC will not introduce Computer Based Test for its examinations

The West Africa Examination Council (WEAC) says it will not introduce the Computer Based Test in its examinations.

Addressing reporters on Friday in Abuja, an official of the council, Mr Charles Eguridu, said the Computer Based Test could not be used to determine the knowledge of students in certain subjects, as the councils exams are based on theory not objectives.

“I am yet to see any educational expert who will tell you that you can measure the psychomotor domain using CBT [Computer Based Test].

“Any test that will use computer to evaluate who will be a good carpenter or evaluate who will be a good plumber cannot be valid.

“The exterminations we conduct in WAEC take into cognisance these three domains. The cognitive domain that measure your ability to recall, apply and other areas of knowledge you have acquired” he said, listing some aspects of what the examination body considers in its examination process.

Mr Eguridu explained that WAEC also used continuous assessments, which the teachers obtain by observing what the candidates do in the classroom to score students.

“It will be intellectually dishonest of me or anybody for that matter, no matter how highly placed, to announce to the Nigerian public that he or she is going to go full CBP in conducting a certificate examination in Nigeria. I beg to differ,” he stressed.

According to Mr Eguridu, the council has, however, introduced some technological gadgets to tackle the incessant issue of malpractices recorded in their examinations.

He warned that the results of students who are found to be involved in any malpractice will withheld.

WAEC: Candidates Do Not Proceed To University Based On Performance -Eguridu

eguriduThe Head National Office of the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) says the assumption that those who proceed to the university based on their WAEC results are those that pass the exam is not true.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Mr Charles Eguridu, said that the assumption on those who obtain credit in Mathematics and English Language constitute those who pass WAEC and the  Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) is misleading.

Mr Eguridu said that the Nigerian National Policy on Education does not prescribe that everybody who writes WAEC examination must gain admission into the university.

He added that those “who have the aptitude would gain admission into any tertiary institution while those who do not have the ability, can enroll in teachers’ training colleges, polytechnics, colleges of education and  nursing schools.

“I don’t see basically what is necessary for a candidate to have credit in Mathematics to be a musician,yet we need Mathematics everyday”.

He, nonetheless said that statistically,we have about 58 per cent of candidates who obtained grade 1-6 in Mathematics and about the same percentage in English Language.

“The statistics before me shows that about 58.08 per cent of the candidates who wrote the examination in 2015, had credits in Mathematics and English Language respectively

“In English Language, we had a total of one million, five hundred and eighty five thousand, seven hundred and ninety six candidates who sat for the examination, and of this number, nine hundred and twenty one thousand, one hundred and thirty eight obtained grade 1-6.

“While in Mathematics, we had one million, five hundred and eighty three thousand, two hundred and fifty six candidates who wrote the examination and of this number, nine hundred and thirty four thousand, four hundred and eleven candidates passed the examination by obtaining grade 1-6

39 per cent of the candidates passed Mathematics, English Language and three other subjects”, he said.

Mr Eguridu, however, maintained that some candidates were not prepared for the examination which led to failure in subjects like economics, biology, physics and chemistry.

Speaking about some factors that militated the performance of the candidates, Mr Eguridu said that poor quality of teaching and learning in the schools, lack of teaching aids, laboratories  and library could militate the performance of the students.

He, nonetheless said that the perception of education, which according to candidates, is about passing examination and gaining admission, should be tackled with.

“Education is meant to equip the individual for a life time,” he stressed.

Speaking about the relationship between WAEC and state governments, Mr Eguridu said that “the policy to pay the entry fee of candidates, is what i must commend the state”.

The Head National Office of WAEC said that the debt owed by some states affected the operation of WAEC.

Shekarau Optimistic Of Transforming Education Sector

Ibrahim_Shekarau_MinisterNigeria’s Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, is optimistic of transforming the sector by ensuring all Nigerians have access to quality education.

The Minister who was speaking during an interactive session with reporters in Kano, said in line with President Jonathan’s transformational agenda on education, the federal government has improved both access to and quality of education in Nigeria.

He said over 60, 000 university lecturers were sponsored to study abroad, adding that 8 more federal universities were established, 127 Tsangaya primary schools, 49 boarding secondary schools, 6 Polytechnics and 4 Federal Colleges of Education were built across the country.

He however frowned at the inability of universities to access the Tertiary Education Fund, set up in 2011, as federal government approved N1.3 trillion for the revitalization of Nigerian universities.

Despite having a budget of N493 million allotted, education has been on a decline in Nigeria, with a string of poor results, most notably in the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), where about 70 per cent of candidates failed this year.

Addressing journalists at the head office of WAEC in Yaba, Lagos, the Head of National Office (HNO), Mr Charles Eguridu, explained that a total of 529,425 candidates, representing 31.28 per cent, obtained credits in five subjects and above including English language and Mathematics, indicating that 70 per cent of the students failed.

According to him, of the total that sat for the examination, 1,605,613 candidates representing 94.87 per cent have their results fully released while 86,822 candidates representing 5.13 per cent have a few of their subjects still being processed due to some errors mainly traceable to laxity on the part of the candidates and the schools in the course of registration or writing the examination.

Eguridu also stated that 791,227 candidates representing 46.75 per cent obtained six credits and above; 982,472 candidates representing 58.05 per cent obtained five credits and above.

Eguridu also noted that a total number of 161 blind candidates registered for the examination out of which 150 candidates sat for the examination, adding that 21 candidates representing 14 per cent obtained credits in five subjects including English language.

Education Standard Has Decreased Despite Money Invested – Ogunsanwo

Babajide Ogunsanwo, Information Anaylst
Information Analyst, Babajide Ogunsanwo

A Data and Information Analyst, Babajide Ogunsanwo, has stressed the need for government to go beyond investing capital in the educational sector for it to grow in Nigeria, as the failure in the sector continues to increase despite the money invested.

This was in view of the result announced by the Chief Executive and Head of the National Office of West African Examination Council, Mr. Charles Eguridu, in which only 31.28 percent of the over 1.7 million candidates that sat for the examination had credits in five subjects, including English and Mathematics, compared to the 36.57 percent in 2013 and 38.81 percent in 2012.

“The failure rate in education has increased, what the evidence shows is that for this trend to change, it goes beyond investing money in the educational sector. But government need to change what they are currently doing in other to boost the educational sector”, Ogunsanwo said.

Speaking on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, on Friday, Ogunsanwo stressed that the problem Nigeria was facing in the educational sector was that the government highly underestimated the failure rate and overestimated the possible solution in education in Nigeria.

He noted that most students do not find their inspiration in leaders that speak articulately but with musical artistes by the reason of their followership on Twitter and urged all artistes to educate and encourage their followers on the need for education in Nigeria.

“If artistes start promoting education to their followers, the massive failure would be on a decrease.

“These artistes, actors and actresses need to promote the importance of education in Nigeria, by this, failure will decrease and the educational sector would grow”, he emphasised.

Ogunsanwo also observed that government has not given most secondary schools an incentive to pass their examination, suggesting that the government would need to give cash rewards to student who pass their exams in order to increase their interest in education.

“We have not given a lot of students incentives to pass, so what we have done on one hand was putting a lot of money in the sector and the failure rate still increased.

“Government should start thinking of incentives and consider to give cash rewards for student that pass their examination, create more jobs and an hour paying job to captivate and capture the minds of the Nigerians in education”, he stressed.

Ogunsanwo maintained that once the musical industry; motion pictures, sound and music recording becomes bigger than the educational sector, there would be a serious problem in the educational sector.

 

Analyst Blames Federal And State Governments Over Missing Chibok Girls

vlcsnap-2014-05-05-14h44m09s235A public affairs analyst, Mr Sola Ojewusi, has blamed the federal and state governments over the kidnap of over two hundred school girls in Chibok, Borno State.

Speaking as a guest on Sunrise Daily, Channels Television’s breakfast programme on Monday, Ojewusi blamed the lack of synergy between the governments and the West African Examination Council (WAEC).

Reacting to a comment credited to the Head of WAEC’s National Office in Nigeria, Charles Eguridu, Ojewusi said “there seems to be a disconnect right from all forces that should have given the security needed to this kind of people involved.

“There is kind of a slow approach from the state and federal governments and from all the people that should have acted”.

He called for an investigation into the allegation made by Eguridu that the WAEC had recommended the relocation of the students from Chibok to Uba Local Government Area in Borno state.

He urged the federal government to create a better way of communication with the state governor and vice versa because “the president is in Abuja” and those on ground “may have more information than the presidency” noting that “you don’t expect the president to be everywhere”. He however was quick to add that the “buck stops at his desk”.

“But you have to help the president to do the things that you have asked him to do” he said.

He further noted that the Boko Haram issue is a Nigerian problem and not a regional problem citing the concerns the federal government had when the Niger Delta militants were attacking oil installations and kidnapping expatriates working for oil and construction companies.

He called on northern elders to call the radical Islamist sect to order the way “leaders in the south west went to meet this people (Odua People’s Congress) and told them we know you are trying to do something to be able to be a voice for the people of the South West but there are certain actions you are taking that is going to affect the interest of not only the south west but Nigeria” .

Dame Patience Sets Up Committee To Investigate Chibok Abduction

patience jonathanThe First lady Dame Patience Jonathan has set up a committee to investigate the abduction of over 200 girls in Cbibok, a community in Borno State.

In an in depth meeting with wives of governors, female legislators, and leaders of the various women groups in the country designed to unravel the circumstances surrounding the abduction, the First Lady was told by the head of the West African Examination Council, Mr Charles Eguridu that the Borno state government rejected the request by WAEC to relocate the over 530 students that wrote the examination to a well secure center where adequate security was guaranteed.

He said contrary to widespread belief, Chibok Government Secondary School is a mixed school which necessitated the registration of 135 male students out of the 350 registered for the examination. After the incident, 189 students were relocated to the Uba examination center where they continued with the examination, he added.

At another meeting in the office of the First Lady, with a group of women expressed their frustration and wondered if they would have got to the positions they occupy, if they were abducted as young girls.

The First Lady further summoned the head of WAEC, Charles Eguruidu, who disclosed details about the number of girls that wrote the examination before the abduction, and presented the pictures and the registration details.

The Borno state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hajia Inna Galadima, who stood in for the wife of the governor, Nana Shettima told the gathering that 53 girls are currently in custody of the state government, following which the first lady set up a six member committee to be chaired by the wife of Borno state governor, to follow up on the revelations and expressed a determination to get to the root of the matter.

WAEC Releases 2013 Nov/Dec Exam Results, Decries Student Performance

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has expressed worries over the decline in performance of students in the 2013 November/December Senior School Certificate Private Examinations.

Announcing the results for the 2013 edition of the examination in Lagos today, the Head of the Nigeria National Office (HNO) of WAEC, Mr Charles Eguridu, said that only 29.17% of the 296,827 candidates that sat for the exams obtained credits in five subjects including English and Mathematics, as against 37.97% and 36.07% recorded in 2012 and 2011 respectively.

The HNO said that candidates will be able to check details of their performance on the council’s result website within the next 36 hours and revealed plans to work with state governments across the country on ways to improve teaching and learning.