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Senate Summons Minister, WAEC Head Over Mass Failure



Senate yesterday, decried the mass failure of candidates in West African Examination Council Examination (WAEC).

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

It therefore, directed the Committee on Education (Basic and Secondary) to summon the minister of education, the head of Nigerian office of WAEC and any relevant stakeholder connected with the problem, to appear before it.

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

Our correspondents report that the summon was part of the resolutions taken after the lawmakers deliberated on a motion seeking to address recurring mass failure in WAEC examinations.

Sponsored by Senator Umaru Kurfi (Katsina Central), the motion seeks to identify the causes of recurring mass failure and to proffer appropriate measures to overcome it.

Kurfi said in 2009 and 2010, only 25.99 and 24.94 percent respectively, passed with 5 credits including Mathematics and English.

“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 added.




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