Opposition Party Says ‘Mass Failure Of Students In Osun Is Deliberate’

Osun-students-garments-hijab-classroom2An opposition party in Osun State, Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN), has condemned the latest mass failure of Secondary School Students (SS2) who were to move to final year (SS3), claiming it was a deliberate act by the State government.

The Secretary of the Osun State chapter of the party, Kola Ibrahim, who spoke to Channels Television on Friday, said information‎ available to the group showed that out of over 28,000 Secondary School-2 students who partook in the mock examination to move to SS3, only about 7,000 students passed.

Deliberate And Ill-motivated

He decried the pass rate of about 25 per cent, saying that the party considers the mass failure as deliberate and ill-motivated on the part of the Governor Rauf Aregbesola government, which through its education ministry conducted the examination for all students.

“It is clear that the aim of this general examination ‎is to reduce the number of students that will partake in the external final examination, especially West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), as a way of covering up the government’s inadequacies in the education sector.

“Osun State has come in a distant position in pass rates for external examinations. For instance, in 2015, the state came 29th in WAEC ranking of pass rates across states, with just 8,000 students out of over 48,000 obtaining five credits in vital subjects.

“This terrible situation is a reflection of the mismanagement of the education sector by the Aregbesola administration. In the first seven months of 2015, teachers in public schools alongside other public workers, were not paid any salary, leading to a four-month strike.

“Since August 2015, the state government has been paying half salary to workers including teachers, albeit irregularly.

“This has no doubt affected the morale and capacity of teachers, which is having negative effects on the standard of education in Osun State,” he insisted.

The SPN secretary further gave his opinion on recently commissioned mega schools.

He says “people in Osun need to reject an attempt by the government to hand over the newly built mega-schools, on which billions of Naira have been committed, to private managers”.

Mr Ibrahim believes this act is tantamount to using public funds to enrich private business people, a situation he pointed out would also lead to putting the cost of education out of the reach of the poor and working class people in the state.

“The private managers will introduce huge fees in the schools built with the public funds,” he stressed.

Mr Ibrahim then called on union leaders‎, especially those in the education sector, students, parents and communities to resist what he called ‘anti-poor policies of the Aregbesola-led government’ which he alleged had worsened the condition of the education sector in Osun State.

On its part, the government, through the Executive Chairman, Education Quality Assurance and Morality Enforcement Agency, Dr. Ayodele Owoade, said that the mock examination for the SS2 students was organised to test the students’ preparedness for examinations ahead.

Osun State had recorded a 46.30 per cent in the last 2016 West Africa Examination Council Examinations, a result the state government said was a confirmation of its huge investment in the education sector.

The government said that for a state that once fell to a woeful six per cent performance prior to the Rauf Aregbesola’s administration to move up to 46.3 per cent aptly illustrated the fact that the government’s various interventions in education were paying off.

A statement by the Bureau of Communication and Strategy in the Office of the Governor says the government is not yet satisfied or resting on its oars until the state emerges the best state in the country in external examinations.

The statement, signed by the Bureau’s Director, Semiu Okanlawon, noted that the 2016 WAEC results indicate that the 2016 performance rating remained the highest and the best in 13 years.

WAEC Declares 14.3% Increase In 2016 Performance

WAECThe West African Examination Council (WAEC) says there has been a 14.3% improvement in candidates’ performance in the May/June 2016 Senior School Certificate Examinations.

The Head of WAEC in Nigeria, Mr Olu Adenipekun, said this while announcing the release of the results at the Council’s national office in Lagos, southwest Nigeria.

Mr Adenipekun disclosed that more than 800,000 out of the over 1.5 million candidates that sat the examination this year had credits in 5 subjects including English and Mathematics which allows them to process university admissions.

He acknowledged that the performance was better than that of 2014 and 2015 where the percentage passes were 31.28% and 38.68% respectively.

“WAEC will not compromise, WAEC will just come out and give you the assessment as they were, without changing the standard” he said.

The WAEC official lauded the candidates for their improved preparation for the exams in 2016 which he said had reflected in the results, compared to the previous years.

He also extended the credit to the teachers, the government and various stakeholders in the education sector that have contributed one way or the other to the success recorded.

Mr Adenipekun further appealed to the stakeholders to ensure that the trend of improvement was sustained and expressed hope that a greater feat would be made in 2017.

House Of Representatives Wades Into WAEC Debt Crisis

waec-WASSCE-2015The Nigerian House of Representatives has set up an Ad hoc Committee to intervene in the alleged debt crisis between the West African Examination‎ Council (WAEC) and some states, resulting to a threat by the examination body to withhold the results of some students.

The House took the decision following a motion by a lawmaker, Linus Okorie that the academic pursuit of more than half of the 1.2 million candidates who sat for the examination would be disrupted if WAEC was allowed to carry out its threat.

The motion was passed unanimously after deliberations, and the House mandated the Committee to report back in one week, to allow actions be taken before the date for the release of the May/June 2015 West African Secondary Schools Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results.

On Monday, the examination body claimed that 19 states out of the 36 states were owing about four billion Naira exam entry fees for state government sponsored candidates.

The Head of WAEC in Nigeria, Charles Eguridu, said: “A total number of 19 states in the country owe the Council in respect of entry fees for state government sponsored candidates for the May/June 2015 WASSCE. Some states also still owe the Council registration fees for the May/June 2014 WASSCE.

“We, therefore, want to publicly plead with the affected states to off-set the registration fees of their candidates as soon as possible, as we cannot guarantee that the results of their candidates for the May/June 2015 will be released along with others”.

2015 WASSCE: WAEC Decries Mass Failure, Threatens To Withhold Results

waec wassceLess than 45 per cent of those who sat for the 2015 West African Senior School Certificate Exams (WASSCE) passed with credit grade and above, a trend that would seem to have continued from 2013.

The poor performance has been put down to a lack of preparation and teaching facilities, and an inadequate number of quality teachers.

To defeat the menace and also curb examination malpractice, the Head of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) national office in Nigeria, Charles Eguridu, said proper technology had been deployed.

Meanwhile, the examination body said that 19 states out of the 36 states of the federation are owing about four billion Naira exam entry fees for State government sponsored candidates in the May/June 2014 and 2015 WASSCE.

Speaking to Channels Television after addressing a press conference, Mr Eguridu maintained that the body was cash-trapped and was struggling with meeting its financial obligations.

He also noted that the Council may delay the release‎ of results of government sponsored candidates when the council announces the May/June 2015 WASSCE results.

He said: “A total number of 19 states in the country owe the Council in respect of entry fees for state government sponsored candidates for the May/June 2015 WASSCE. Some states also still owe the Council registration fees for the May/June 2014 WASSCE.

“We have written to the affected State governments without any response. The poor response of the ‘debtor states’ is threatening the smooth operations of the Council.

“We therefore want to publicly plead with the affected states to off-set the registration fees of their candidates as soon as possible, as we cannot guarantee that the results of their candidates for the May/June 2015 will be released along with others”.

Odunmakin Warns Against Exchanging Girls With Boko Haram

joe odumakinThe President of Woman Arise for Change Initiative (WACI), Dr. Joe Okei Odumakin, says the incessant increase of insecurity in Nigeria has shown that the security system has failed and needs to be over-hauled.

Dr. Odumakin stressed that “until the Federal Government fishes out the sponsors of Boko Haram sects, there is no way it can achieve permanent solution in the fight against the terrorist group”.

While leading some women in the “bring back our girl” protest in Lokoja, the human right activist  told reporters that the need to over haul the security system had becme imperative due to the weakness of the security personnel in tackling the sects.

Odumakin warned the Federal Government against exchanging the girls abducted from their dormitory in Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, borno State, with detained members of the terrorist group.

She further demand that the government should compensate the girls and their families and find means for them to conclude the WASSCE examination they were writing before their abduction

At the end of the protest the president of the group advised the military forces to remain focused, not be intimated and ensure they go to every “nook and cranny” to rescue the girls.

WAEC releases May/June results

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on Friday released the results of the May/June 2012 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

Dr. Iyi Uwadiae who has been appointed the registrar of the council, said a total of 1, 695, 878 candidates, consisting of 923, 974 male and 748, 250 female candidates sat for the May/June 2012 WASSCE.

Out of the overall number of candidates, 1, 545, 004 candidates, representing 91.10% had their results fully released, while 150, 874 candidates, representing 8.90% had a few subjects still being processed due to some errors mainly traceable to the candidates and schools in the course of registration or writing the examination.

He however mentioned that those errors are being corrected by the Council to enable the affected candidates get their results fully processed and released subsequently.

The results of 112, 000 candidates, representing 6.70% candidates were being withheld for various report of alleged involvement in examination malpractice.

The total number of candidates that sat for the exam were 771, 731 candidates,  46.14% of total number of candidates obtained six credits and above,while 56.93% of the total nuber of candidates obtained five credits and above.

1, 107, 747 candidates, representing 66.24% obtained credits and above in four subjects, while 1, 246, 729 candidates, representing 74.55% obtained credits and above in three subjects. A total of 1, 380, 596 candidates, representing 82.56% obtained credits and above in two subjects.

Dr. Uwadiae added that about 114 blind candidates registered for the examination.

Over 95 blind candidates sat for the examination, 21 candidates representing 22.11% obtained credits and above in five (5) subjects, including English Language, he noted that blind candidates don’t take Mathematics and Science practicals in WASSCE.

A total of 649, 156 candidates, representing 38.81%, obtained credits in five subjects and above, including English and Mathematics.

Dr. Uwadiae said “The results showed some improvement, an indication that people are doing what they should do.”

He also added that, all the candidates who sat the examination have been asked to check the details of their performance with their scratch cards on the results website: www.waecdirect.org within the next 48 hours.

Dr. Iyi Uwadiae is expected to resume as the council’s registrar October 1, 2012.