Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has reacted to the recent mass failure recorded by Nigerian students in the May/June 2014 West African Examinations Council (WAEC).
Vanguard reports that the former president in a statement issued in Abuja, attributed the student’s failure to the non-chalant attitude of government to the education sector starting from primary to tertiary level.
Atiku, who described the student’s failure as the nation’s failure said, the development was no longer a surprise to anyone considering the several strikes embarked upon by academicians.
Read the full statement below:
“The West Africa Examination Council, WAEC, has just released the results of the May/June 2014 Senior School Certificate Examination. As was the case last year, mass failure was recorded by Nigerian students.
“Only 31.28 per cent of the students who sat for the 2014 exam obtained credits in five subjects and above, including Mathematics and English Language.
“No one who has been observing the ongoing attitude towards education in Nigeria will be surprised by this. In the past year alone, industrial actions by teachers have dominated the news headlines. Primary school teachers in Benue State, for example, embarked on an eight-month strike to demand better conditions and allowances.
“Teachers all over Nigeria remain poorly paid, with several jokes being peddled about how parents are reluctant to allow their daughters marry teachers.
“In addition to poor welfare, teachers in the Northeast of Nigeria face a peculiar challenge not common to their colleagues in other parts of the country” the statement read.