PAST WAEC ENGLISH LANGUAGE ESSAY QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS (PAPER 1) FOR MAY/JUNE AND OCT/NOV 2007

 PAST WAEC ENGLISH LANGUAGE ESSAY QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS (PAPER 1) FOR MAY/JUNE AND OCT/NOV 2007

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MAY/JUNE 2007 WITH COMMENTS FROM WAEC

Question 1

The candidate is required to write a letter to a friend with whom had a quarrel, giving three reasons why he and his friend should resume their friendship. Most of the attempts on this question were of average standard, as they embodied no better reasons than the possibility of the  two friends  needing each other’s assistance in future. The number of candidates who attempted to highlight what the break in relationship has cost them were very few. Most of the essays were poorly organized, they  lacked the free flow of communication expected in  friendly letters. The ideas were mechanically strung together. “I want to give you three  reasons … “

Question 2

This question calls for the writing of an article for publication in a school magazine on” the problems of in discipline in schools”. The requirements are (i) a brief examination of what the candidate regards as indiscipline in schools and (ii) a full discussion of the problems brought about by indiscipline. The few attempts on this topic were unsatisfactory. The candidates were not sure of the form which indiscipline takes in schools nor did they focus sufficiently on “problems”.

Question 3

The candidate is required to write a letter to the Chairman of his school’s Board of Governors on the need for a library in the school, requesting him to build and equip one for the school. Both aspects of the question must be satisfactorily dealt with but the first aspect – the need – requires a more treatment than the second (the request) which can be disposed of’ in one  paragraph. The submissions on this topic showed, that most of  the candidates who chose it did not understand the first part of the question., that is, why it is necessary to have a library in a school.

Question 4

This is a debate in which the candidate is to argue for or against the proposition that” It is the home and not the school that contributes more to moral laxity among students”. The few candidates who wrote on this topic supported the proposition and presented mature and acceptable ideas.

Question 5

The candidate is expected to write a story to illustrate the saying “Strike“ while the iron is hot.” The story must show that the candidates understand the saying and must also illustrate the saying. Most of the attempts on  this
question failed to satisfy these requirements, as it was not clear from the stories what actions or events relate to, or illustrate the saying.

OCT/NOV 2007 WITH COMMENTS FROM WAEC
Question 1

Write a letter to your brother studying overseas describing the wedding ceremony of your sister which you attended last week and the role you played in it.

Observation

The candidate is required to write a letter to his brother overseas describing his sister’s wedding ceremony and the role he played in it. The candidate is expected to give the details of the activities that took place and the role he played. Many candidates did this well.
However, a good number of them failed to give the details of the preparation, the solemnization and the reception. They dismissed the roles they played in just one sentence.

Question 2

Write an article suitable for publication in a national newspaper on the frequent power interruptions in your town and the attendant hardship experienced by your people.

Observation

In this article for publication in a national newspaper, the candidate is required to write on the incessant power interruptions in his town, and state the attendant hardship experienced by his people. As such, the article must show that the writer understands what “power interruption” means. There were not many attempts on this topic but the few candidates that chose it handled it fairly well.

Question 3

Write a letter to the police officer in charge of your area thanking him for the prompt intervention of the police in a recent clash between two villages in your locality and suggesting further measures for preventing a future occurrence.

Observation

This is a formal letter to the police in charge of the candidate’s area. In this letter, the candidate is expected to thank the police officer in charge of his area for the prompt intervention of the police in a recent clash between two villages in his locality.

He is also to suggest further measures for preventing a future occurrence. There were few entries on this topic and most of them fell short of the minimum length of 450 words.

Many of the candidates demonstrated a lack of understanding of the question, as they indicted the police. Some others made a passing reference to expressing gratitude to the police but dwelt at length on the causes of the clash. The effect was not mentioned.

Question 4

As the President of the youth club in your district, write out the speech you would give to the members of your club on how they can help to curb the crime wave in the area.

Observation

As the President of the youth club in his district, the candidate is required to write a speech he would give to members of the club on how they can help to curb the crime wave in the area. The candidate is expected to give some idea of the crimes in question before suggesting how to deal with them. This was missing from the few unsatisfactory attempts on this topic. Many candidates wrote on the crimes prevalent in their area, describing them in detail, without writing on the ways of curbing the crime wave.

Question 5

Write a story to end with the following words: “So you see, it doesn’t pay to engage in examination malpractices.”

Observation

The candidate is required to write a story ending with the moral: “So you see, it doesn’t pay to engage in examination malpractices”. In many cases, the concluding statement was merely tagged on to a collection of sentences that hardly constituted a story. Most stories were not convincing as they generally lacked any plot.

SOURCE: WAEC

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