The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on Tuesday announced the release of its January/February series of the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Olu Adenipekun, the council’s Head of National Office (HNO), who announced the release in Lagos, said results of 1,021 candidates were, however, withheld.
The approval to introduce and conduct the additional diet in the country and other national offices of the five-member countries was given at the council’s 65th annual general meeting in March 2017.
The introduction of the series for Private candidates, brings to the three, the number of examinations conducted by the council each year.
According to Mr. Adenipekun, the results were withheld in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice by the affected candidates.
He said the cases were being investigated and that reports of the investigations would be presented to the appropriate committee of the council in due course, for consideration.
“The committee’s decisions will be communicated to the affected candidates,’’ Mr. Adenipekun said.
According to him, 11,721 candidates registered for the examination, while 11,307 actually sat for the test.
Giving a breakdown of statistics of candidates’ performance at the examination, the HNO said that 8,113 candidates obtained credits and above in two subjects.
He noted that 6,375 others obtained credits and above in three subjects, while 4,762 candidates obtained credits and above in four subjects.
Mr. Adenipekun also said that 3,263 candidates obtained credits and above in five subjects, while 2,010 others obtained credits and above in six subjects.
“A total 1,937 candidates, representing 17.13 per cent, obtained the minimum of credits in five subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics.
“The percentage of candidates in this category in the WASSCE in 2017 was 26.01 per cent.
“From the statistics of performance, it is safe to say that candidates performance is not satisfactory, compared to what obtained in the same diet for private candidates in 2016 and 2017.
“We, therefore, wish to plead with candidates to take this examination seriously,’’ he said.
The HNO, however, expressed satisfaction at the response of Nigerians to the newly-introduced diet.
He added that it was encouraging and would propel the council to expand to more cities and towns.
Mr. Adenipekun said the introduction of the diet would also stem the tendency by some candidates to get involved in examination malpractice.
He explained that the additional diet for private candidates was part of council’s contributions to the efforts of governments at all levels to expand the educational opportunities in the West African sub-region.
Mr. Adenipekun urged candidates who sat for the examination to check the details of their performance on the council’s results website.
How to graduate with a first class in a Nigerian university
Graduating with first class from any university all over the world requires some degrees of brilliance and outstanding efforts but in Nigerian Universities » , you need much more to finish with distinctions.
Generally, it is believed that an average student in a Nigerian higher educational institution can emerge as the best student in foreign universities.
To a large extent, this is very true as many Nigerian students have reportedly been celebrated for their outstanding academic performances in foreign universities.
Although it might seem very difficult to have a first class degree in many Nigerian universities, making it is not impossible.
According to some of the best graduating students in Nigerian Universities, here are three tips you’ll need to become a distinction student.
1. Never skip lectures
You cannot afford to be pursuing first-class goals and at the same time be missing lectures. You know some Nigerian lecturers like it word for word, giving it back the same way they gave you.
Missing such lecturers’ class is like running away from your own goals.
Missing classes can truncate your academic desires in more than one ways. Apart from affecting your continuous assessments, it also reduces your lecturer’s estimation of you if class attendance matters in your school.
2. Prepare for tests and exams early
While you attend classes regularly, you must also revise everything you learn on time. Never delay it. This will help you prepare for unexpected tests and prepare you for exams.
3. Set the first-class goal from your first day on campus
The decision to graduate with first class is not something you make in your second year in the university. Your preparation to have excellent grades in all papers start from your first day on campus.
Here’s why you should start greeting your students at the door
Recently, there was a viral video of a female Nigerian teacher greeting her students at the door. Different greeting for each student.
It was an interesting thing to see in a Nigerian school but some people accused the teacher of stealing the idea. They said someone had done it before in the United States of America.
Yes, in 2016, there was a viral video of Barry White Jr , a 5th-grade teacher in America, welcoming his students with different handshakes into the classroom.
The whole world commended White for his inspiring effort, and it didn’t take long to see viral videos of some other teachers in other parts of the world greeting their students the same way White did.
So, let’s not crucify our dear Nigerian teacher for borrowing the same idea for her students.
Anyway, a research published in the journal of positive behaviour intervention has shown that greeting students and welcoming them with a smile bring benefit to the students and the teacher.
The study says greeting students at the door sets a positive tone and can increase engagement and reduce disruptive behaviour.
It further states that spending a few moments welcoming students promotes a sense of belonging, giving them social and emotional support that helps them feel invested in their learning.
This sounds interesting, right? Yea, and that’s not all.
Welcoming students at the door according to the study can also increase students’ academic engagement in the classroom. And also help teachers and students to build a positive classroom culture together.
Greeting students at the door is an aspect of educational psychology which is largely non-existent in many Nigerian public schools.
A very bright student could become the dumbest if the teachers are not applying educational psychology in their teachings. Students’ academic brilliance thrives better in an environment where the tutor is not only a teacher but a friend to all students.
Barry White Jr understands that greeting his students with different handshakes for each student does not only create a friendly academic environment for the students but also acknowledges the fact that each time he greets them that way, the students are always happy.
He said, ”I am all about bringing joy to people’ lives and inspiring others to do so. Hopefully, everybody can start doing it in their classrooms, make it a big thing, worldwide thing. I feel every student needs a bit of joy in their lives, it doesn’t matter what it is”.
So, a Nigerian teacher has started this and we hope to see more teachers greeting their students at the door before class begins, mention the students’ names, make eye contact and always give a few words of encouragement
5 problems affecting state polytechnics standard according to NBTE
The National Board for Technical Education, NBTE has identified five problems affecting the standard of education in Nigerian Polytechnics » , especially those established by state governments.
The board’s Executive Secretary, Masa’udu Kazaure stated the problems while speaking at a meeting in Kaduna with Chairmen and Rectors of state polytechnics on Wednesday, September 19, 2018.
Speaking about the issues affecting standard in Nigerian polytechnics, Kazaure said some of the institutions were running unaccredited courses; enrolling more than their capacity and a serious funding gap.
The NBTE boss also added that the polytechnics have no proper statistics on their activities adding that the schools have unqualified staff.
Kazaure further said that records from the board’s Quality Assurance Department indicates a worrisome level of continued existence of expired programmes in.
He said, “this is a serious problem that if left unaddressed would greatly affect our standard.
“This problem is further compounded by the menace of over enrolment, driven solely by the desire to generate revenue.
“While there is the need to complement government subvention, education remains a social investment that is quality conscious.
“The board also observe with dismay, the trending practice of recruitment and promotion of unqualified staff especially in the academics in clear violation of prescribed rules.”
FG to scrap HND certificate
However, The Federal Government recently announced that the Higher National Diploma, HND certificates by Polytechnics would be scrapped.
The decision to scrap the degree was reached on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at the Federal Executive Council, FEC meeting.
The award of HND will, therefore, be limited to only the students that are currently admitted for the programmes in Polytechnics across the country.
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