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Mass Failure : Senate Summons Minister of Education, WAEC 

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Following the reoccurring Mass failure in the West Africa Examinations Council(WAEC), Senate on Wednesday resolved to Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, and the Head of National Office of WAEC in Nigeria.

Senate also ordered its committee committee on Education (Basic and Secondary) to present a comprehensive report on the matter within one week to the Senate.

Upper chamber took the decision to invite Minister of Education on the matter as a result of the motion sponsored by Senator  Umaru Kurfi.

Leading debate on the motion,  Senator Kurfi who informed the lawmakers of persistent mass failure in WAEC since 1999 lamented that it is embarrassing to the nation.

In his words “In both 2009 and 2010 WAEC, only 25.99 and 24.94 percent, respectively, passed with 5 credits including Mathematics and English, while the remaining others constituting 70 % failed, in 2011 May/June WAEC, only 86,612 out of 1,540,250 candidates that participated in the examinations got credits in Mathematics and English Language.

“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, 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.”

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