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A lot of cheating during May /June school examinations usually get initiated, perpetrated or multiplied by external students.
I must confess this happened in my own schools too where I allowed ex-tutors to register students from their tutorial schools for examinations. You can imagine my surprise one day when I was invited by the police that 7 of my students were caught making photocopies of papers yet to be taken. On getting to the police station I realized that all the students were wearing our school uniforms but I did not know a single one of them! I later discovered from their parents that those who registered them at our school even collected “special examination fees” (for cheating) from them!
So what did we do? For the next examination I recalled a former ex-vice Principal of the school as Special Consultant for WAEC examinations and stopped all registrations through external tutorial schools from the following year. That brought back some sanity to WAEC/NECO examinations being taken at our school.
e)EXAMINATION BODIES (WAEC/NECO/JAMB)
The mention of carpenters, meat sellers and newspapers vendors who are either not qualified or unprepared to take the NECO examination look more like self-condemnation of itself and its registration process. Were these students not supposed to have presented some form of evidence of their preparation or level of education for the examinations? Were they not cleared to be fit and proper for the examinations? But was NECO not more concerned about making money through registrations?
What about massive leakages of examination papers and corrupt supervisory staff sent to schools by WAEC and NECO during their examinations?
How many of those arrested for EM have been prosecuted to the end?
How many schools are really banned long enough from taking future exams even when there is widespread EM?
MASSIVE FAILURES DESPITE EXAM MALPRACTICES
9.We have written many articles on our educational blog on why massive examination failures persist despite widespread examination irregularities. These include.
a.Absence of long term planning and short tenure of politicians appointed as Education Ministers who while in office engage themselves more in politics than supervising education.
b. The Federal Ministry of Education is a colossus too large to be effective.
c. Educational Support Services covering Remedial work has been neglected for too long. By the time many students take WAEC and NECO examinations it is usually too late to change their mind set or turn them around.
d. Lots of education get to students today from outside the school walls But this reality is yet to be linked or synced with school programs leading in some cases to confusion about how and what to study.
e. There is too much centralization of discipline of tutors who are not up to standard in their work leading to inefficient administration and delayed correction for the sake of students.
f. National Policy on Education, Curricula, Schemes of Work and Syllabuses need massive overhauling.
g. Overpopulation in many public schools leading to classroom environment not conducive for learning etc,etc.
So what needs to be done to cut massive examination failures?
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