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Recurring Mass Failure in WAEC Results Embarrassing – Senate



Senate Chamber

..summons minister, WAEC Head

Senate has said it is quite embarrassing that Nigerian secondary school students have massively failed in West African Examination Council Examination(WAEC).

Senate noted that since 2009, there are established recurring cases of mass failure of examination results in the country and that the situation is prejudicial to the interest of Nigerian secondary school students and parents.

Towards finding a solution, Senate has directed the Committee on Education (Basic and Secondary) to summon the Minister of Education and the Head, National Office of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and any relevant stakeholder connected with this problem to appear before it.

The Committee is mandated to interface with the summoned officers and submit a comprehensive report to the Senate within one month.

This was the resolution during the presentation of a motion on the need to address recurring mass failure in West African Examination Council examination results.

Sponsored by Senator Umaru I. Kurfi (Katsiua Central), the motion seeks to identify the causes of WAEC recurring mass failure rate and to proffer appropriate measures to overcome the challenge.

Leading the debate, Kurfi further noted that the WAEC failure rates continued to increase each year.

He said in both 2009 and 2010 WAEC, only 25.99 and 24.94 percent respectively passed with 5 credits including Mathematics and English, while the remaining others constituting 70 % failed.

Noting further he informed that in 2011 May/June WAEC, only 86,612 out of 1,540,250 candidates that participated in the examinations got credits in Mathematics and English Language.

“In 2012 May/June WAEC, only 649,159 out of 1,672,224 candidates that wrote the examinations which represents just 38.81 percent got 5 credits and above including in the core subjects of Mathematics and English language;

“Disturbed that in 2013 WAEC, only 29.17 percent candidates actually passed the Nov/Dec WAEC examinations while 70 percent failed. In both 2017 and 2018 recent January/ February private examinations, only 26.01 percent and 17.13 percent candidates have passed with 5 credits including Mathematics and English language respectively , while the remaining over ‘70 percent candidates have failed,” he stated.



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