Mass Failure In WAEC Can Be Addressed Through e-Curriculum- NERDC

waecThe Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) said mass failure by students during the West African Examination Council (WAEC) can be addressed through the use of an e-curriculum. 

The Executive Secretary of the Council, Prof. Godswill Obioma, told journalists in Abuja that the new e-curriculum portal for senior secondary schools would improve the quality of the curriculum and assist students to have a more inclusive and independent learning.

According to the NERDC boss, students can now access the curriculum with only N200 per annum while every school can subscribe with N50,000 per annum.

He, however, emphasized that the e-curriculum is not a newly drafted one but only intended to make curriculum delivery more qualitative to address the decline in performance at examinations.

He attributed the mass failure in the last Senior School Certificate Examinations to inadequate learning and teaching, noting however that the e-curriculum would enable students to learn at home through the internet.

Obioma said, “the objective of this public Private Partnership arrangements is to, among others, harness the potentials of the private sector in tackling the challenges of access, education standards and quality, curriculum and teacher development, funding, relevance of current issues in education to Nigerian culture as well as re-orientation for positive national values.”

“The e-curriculum portal would contribute in no small measure towards ensuing that teachers, learners and other relevant stakeholders have easy access to this very important teaching and leaning resource,” he said.

The e-curriculum which would be launched on Tuesday in Abuja by the Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, was done in collaboration with Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Ltd, and it is expected to ensure the digitalization of school curriculum to e-curriculum portal.

WAEC Official Says No Mass Failure But Decline In Performance

WAECThe Head of National Office, West African Examination Council (WAEC), Charles Eguridu, has said that the results of the May/June 2014 WAEC examination only indicates a decline in performance and not a mass failure as reported by the media.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, ‘Sunrise Daily’, Mr Eguridu noted that Nigeria does not have a uniform standard for the secondary school education, compared to other countries and therefore, judging success based on English and Mathematics was unfair.

He stated that the government had redesigned the curriculum which envisages that “not every child that goes into primary school will end up in university profession” adding that about 39 new subjects have been added to the curriculum, like GSM Repairs, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning amongst others.

Mr. Eguridu mentioned that it amounted to a misnomer for students to focus on passing English and Mathematics, leaving other subjects. He said that this was affecting the standard of education in the country.

He further noted that there were certain peculiar subjects in other member countries, different to Nigeria’s core subjects. Comparing Ghana to Nigeria, he said that Ghana’s core subjects were Integrated Science, Social Studies, English Language and Mathematics, while Nigeria’s core subjects are only English and Mathematics.

He maintained that the inability of a student to pass either of the subjects should not be seen as failure because these subjects do not determine success in some careers.

Mr. Eguridu also explained how WAEC develops its assessment of students. He noted that WAEC assesses students by the quality of teaching and learning that have taken place through questions developed by practitioners in the school system. “WAEC is to conduct exams in public interest, which is determined by the government”

He explained that a pool of examiners from WAEC member countries come together to develop the papers which are later given to candidates who are likely to write the exam – students in SS3.

“When an exam is too simple it is isolated, when an exam is too difficult it is isolated, so we have to be on an average level”, he added.



Candidates Record Poor Performance In 2014 May/June WAEC

waecThe West African Examination Council (WAEC) has recorded another decline in the performance of Candidates in the May/June West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations.

Announcing the release of the results in Lagos today, the Chief Executive and Head of National office of the Council, Mr Charles Eguridu said only 31.28% ‎of over 1.7 million candidates that sat for the examination had credits in 5 subjects including maths and English compared to the 36.57% in 2013 and 38.81% in 2012.

He attributed the decline to the diminishing interest of students in their academic ‎activities and studies.

The Council also announced ‎the introduction of the Candidates Identity Verification, Attendance, Malpractice and Post- Examinations Management System, to enable supervisors and staff of the council to address and record the processes in real time and WAEC Customised Calculators to check exam malpractices.

Candidates who sat the May/June 2014 exams will be able to check details of their performance on the council’s result website by the August 13.

Results of 145,795 candidates are withheld because of examination malpractice and the cases are currently being investigated.

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” .

ECOWAS Focuses On Human Trafficking And Child Protection

ecowasThe ECOWAS commission has commenced plans to establish a regional communication network that will help fight human trafficking and promote child protection in the sub region.

This effort is coming in view of the security crisis in different states in the region which the commission says leave women and children exposed to dangers of deprivation and forced labour.

The ECOWAS Director of Humanitarian and Social Affairs, Dr Dianel Eklu said nations must be made to assume responsibility for the protection of this vulnerable section of their societies, through agenda setting by the media, demands on accountability and promotion of alliances.

Secondary School Students Get Free Computer Tablets In Osun

The government of Osun state on Tuesday commenced the distribution of free computer tablets otherwise known as ‘Opon Imo’ (tablet of knowledge) to students in the state’s Senior Secondary Schools.

The distribution kicked off at Ataoja School of Science in Osogbo, the state capital, where about 387 students in SS 2  were given the mobile device.

The ‘Opon Imo’ contains apps such e-book library, integrated test zone and 17 virtual classroom subjects to enhance e-learning for the students.

The tablet with its technology enhanced learning platform  is expected to complement efforts of the teachers and students for better performance in learning and teaching.

Opon Imo also contains past questions and additional traditional subjects, as well as the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO) syllabuses.

Speaking to Channels Television, elated students and teachers admitted that the Opon Imo will go a long way in preparing the students for external examinations.

The government has said the learning device would be given to students in SS 1 to SS 3 in all its secondary schools.

Police Arrest Man For Assaulting His Son With Hot Iron

The Kogi State Police command has arrested a 49 year old school principal, Mr. Christopher Ogbeun, for inflicting a high degree of burns on his 10 year old son, Stephen Ogbeun.

The young boy was allegedly abused by his father for destroying some of his vital office documents which were kept at home.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Katsina, who disclosed this while parading the father at the Kogi state Police headquarters in Lokoja stated that it took the intervention of an ambush squad to save Stephen’s life.

He revealed that his squad caught the suspect red handed as he tied up the boy’s hand and closed his mouth before using the hot pressing iron on him.

According to an eye-witness, it was a pathetic situation at the state specialist hospital Lokoja where the boy is laying critically ill.

Victoria Ogbeun, the victim’s sister who was at home when the incident occurred confirmed that her father had indeed used a hot iron on young Stephen.

Mr. Ogbeun, the assailant, stated that his vicious act was an effort to make his son confess to a misdeed.

He claimed to have discovered that his son had destroyed a letter of approval from the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and so in an attempt to make him own up, he employed the use of the hot pressing iron.

Mr Ogebeun will be charged for unlawful detention, inflicting injuries on the boy and attempted murder.

WAEC tenders Suswam’s GCE result certificate before court

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has tendered the original General Certificate of Education (GCE) result of Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue state before a Chief Magistrate court in Abuja.

The council’s assistant registrar, Mr. Kingsly Ugo Anyim tendered the document, which the court admitted as an exhibit in the alleged certificate forgery suit involving the Benue state governor.

Three persons are standing trial for allegedly defaming the character of Mr. Suswam in an article published in the Power Steering magazine. The editor of the magazine, Dan Ekah, Chidozie Ukpai and one other were arraigned by the Police for, “joint act of defamation of character, injurious falsehood, printing or engraving matter, known to be defamatory and sale of printing of engraved substance containing defamatory matter, contrary to sections 79,392,393,394 and 395 of the penal code law”.

Governor Suswam’s special adviser on media and public affairs, Dr. Cletus Akwaya, a prosecution witness in the matter had told the court that he read the said libelous publication of the September 6, 2010 edition of the magazine which portrayed the governor as a fake lawyer and that he forged his WAEC certificate among other information pertaining to the governor and members of his family.

Akwaya told the court under cross examination that the said publication was not only written in bad faith but unprofessionally written as the authors did not state whether they made efforts to verify the authenticity or otherwise of the allegations against the governor.

The presiding Chief Magistrate Hafsat soso, was supposed to deliver ruling on the, “no case submission” made by the accused persons, but she adjourned till March 23, 2012 to enable her go through governor Suswam’s GCE result which WAEC tendered.

The accused persons who pleaded not guilty to the charges were admitted to bail in the sum of N500, 000, with two sureties in like sum and must be resident in Abuja.