WASSCE: “Govt, Private School Owners Derailing Nigeria’s Future Leaders”, Top Education Expert Reveals

WASSCE: “Govt, Private School Owners Derailing Nigeria’s Future Leaders”, Top Education Expert Reveals

  • Examination malpractice is an age-long problem and is not limited to the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
  • Citing misconduct, the West African Examination Council (WAEC) withheld the results of candidates from several Nigerian states during the 2023 WASSCE.
  • Speaking to Legit.ng, an education expert, Prince AbdulMujeeb Adesegun Ogungbayi, said the federal government must genuinely be in the driving seat of academics

Shomolu, Lagos state - Prince Adesegun Ogungbayi, the board chairman of MIMS Educational Services, on Monday, August 21, bemoaned the moral decadence in the society, which he said has made young Nigerians and their parents seek a shortcut to excel in external examinations.

WAEC recently disclosed that out of a total of 1,613,733 candidates that sat for the 2023 WASSCE, the results of 262,803 candidates were withheld for alleged exam malpractices.

Patrick Areghan, WAEC head in Nigeria, who disclosed this, had said:

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“The reasons for this are not far-fetched. Candidates are no longer ready to study, they lack self-confidence and preparations for examinations are poor. There is over-reliance on the so-called ‘Expo’, which is non-existent.
“Candidates got frustrated when they got to the examination hall and discovered that all they had celebrated was fake. This has pitiably led to some of them failing the examination."
An education expert has shared his thoughts on examination malpractice in external exams in Nigeria. Photo credit: The West African Examinations Council, WAEC - Nigeria
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WASSCE: Expert laments malpractices

It was gathered that WASSCE candidates whose results were "held" have a pending case due to suspected involvement in examination malpractice, a Vanguard report noted.

Reacting to reports of alleged fraudulent practices, Prince Ogungbayi said “nothing is currently in place” in Nigeria.

He told Legit.ng:

“Go and check SS2 first term examinations if it contains all SS1 topics till SS2 first term topics till the last exams before mock, the answer is 'no'.

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“Therefore, it is the government and private school owners that are derailing our future leaders from preparing for the challenges of our nation. And that is why majority of the parents too are convinced that the solution to their children's greatness due to the voluminous scheme that were not organised for easy assimilation is malpractice.
“You all know that the parents that are paying for malpractices are the same government officials, proprietors, principals, and teachers."

2023 WASSCE: Schools of exceptional students revealed

In a piece of related article, Legit.ng spotlighted students who got at least 8 A1s in the 2023 WASSCE.

Legit.ng wrote on the schools these pupils wrote their WASSCE exam.

Source: Legit.ng

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