Based mostly on the quick interval given to colleges to organize their college students for the 2020 West African Senior College Certificates Examination (WASSCE), stakeholders are jittery, expressing nice concern over the probably efficiency of the scholars.
They’re fearful that there outcomes would be the worst ever recorded.
The examination is scheduled to start on Monday, August 17, 2020. The colleges have been shut down for nearly 4 months as Covid-19 pandemic compelled the federal government to take such motion as a measure to curtail unfold of the virus.
Following the agitation to reopen the colleges for the continuation of educational actions, and so as to not waste one educational 12 months by the scholars, particularly the ultimate 12 months senior secondary college college students, the federal authorities directed the colleges to permit the SS3 college students resume to organize for his or her WASSCE.
In Lagos State, the scholars resumed on Tuesday, August 4, having simply 12 days to organize for his or her examination.
Stakeholders in training sector have proven concern as they’re fearful that the quick preparation for the examination could result in mass failure in WASACE this 12 months primarily based on the truth that many college students wouldn’t be capable of cope.
Although the federal government and a few personal colleges organised on-line educating through the lockdown, of was gathered that bigger variety of the scholars didn’t take part within the train.
The Training Secretary (ES), Ikeja Native Authorities Authority (LGEA), Hon. Akeem Amosu had earlier complained that epileptic energy provide nearly annoyed the web in addition to on air educating organised by the Lagos State Authorities in some components of the state, coupled with the lack of many mother and father to afford Web powered telephones and different devices for the kids to study on radio and tv.
In the course of the interval, the scholars weren’t allowed to attend tutorials,l whereas many mother and father couldn’t afford hiring academics for personal house classes for his or her kids.
WASSCE is often held in Could/June yearly after the scholars have been totally taught and accomplished the syllabus given by WAEC.
Regardless of ample preparation and thorough educating with revision taken in the direction of the graduation of the examination, college students haven’t been recording encouraging performances.
As an illustration, in 2019, a complete of 1,020,519 candidates in Nigeria representing 64.18 % obtained credit and above in minimal of 5 (5) topics together with English Language and Arithmetic.
In Lagos State, whereas the general public candidates have been enhancing, the personal candidates have been performing abysmally.
In 2018, out of 48,651 personal candidates who sat the examination in Lagos State, solely 21,614 candidates representing 44.43 per cent obtained credit and above in minimal of 5 (5) topics together with English Language and Arithmetic.
The leads to 2018 had been higher in comparison with their efficiency within the earlier 12 months. In 2017, simply 26.Four per cent (15,545) of the overall 58,883 personal candidates obtained credit and above in minimal of 5 (5) topics together with English Language and Mathematic.
Nevertheless, the efficiency of the general public candidates deteriorated in 2018 in comparison with what was obtained within the earlier 12 months.
In 2017, 101,150 public candidates representing 65.50 per cent out of the overall 154,430 candidates who sat the examination obtained credit and above in minimal of 5 (5) topics together with English Language and Mathematic whereas in 2018, solely 60.72 per cent of the 162,066 public candidates who sat the examination received the identical outcomes.
Whereas reacting to the predictable performances of the scholars within the forthcoming 2020 WASSCE, among the college students, academics and oldsters who spoke to DAILY POST expressed worry that the 2020 WASSCE outcomes would be the worst recorded thus far, whereas others are optimistic that the scholars would do higher having been returned to colleges for revision.
One of many secondary college academics in Isolo space of Lagos State, who desires to easily be recognized as Mr. Fasiku, stated with the efforts of the state authorities, the scholars are anticipated to carry out higher within the coming exterior examinations.
He stated: “I consider the federal government is doing its greatest to make sure an excellent efficiency amongst our college students within the forthcoming WASSCE. Our college students, as a matter of obligation, ought to reciprocate this by turning out good outcomes.
“Previous to the Covid-19 break, the SS3 remaining exams, together with the opposite courses had been nearly per week to start. Most academics have already accomplished their syllabus, and plenty of had been on revisions.
“In the course of the three to Four months of Covid-19 break, Lagos State college students weren’t left on their very own. There have been a number of on-line channels made obtainable to them utilizing the media and on the Web. Some indigent ones had been fortunate to have acquired from authorities tablets and transistor radios.
“Most faculties, of which mine, Metropolitan Senior School, Isolo was a pioneer, engaged college students of all courses in all topic areas on reside educating by way of WhatsApp. College students had been opportune to work together freely with academics.
“Simply because the Covid-19 has introduced out one of the best in a few of us (academics) by exposing us to varied trendy E-learning strategies. College students are additionally anticipated to avail themselves of this new regular with a purpose to obtain success of their examinations.
“For the reason that reopening of colleges, educating (revision) commenced instantly and attendance within the class is spectacular.
“This isn’t a time to offer excuses however, to show no matter adversity that will have been into success by way of hardworking and rightful focus. Nothing wanting that is anticipated of them.”
Alternatively, Mrs. Serifat Ashafa, an SS3 Arithmetic trainer in one of many public colleges in Ikeja stated lower than 30 % of her college students participated within the on-line educating she engaged them.
She added that lots of them weren’t even common.
She was of the view that the performances of the scholars within the 2020 WASSCE might not be as encouraging as anticipated. She stated the scholars haven’t adequately ready for the examination.
One of many mother and father whose ward can be writing the examination, Mrs. Titilayo Lawal stated: “We wish our kids to get the examination accomplished with as a result of it has been within the college students’ thoughts for the reason that lockdown and now they’ve resumed revision courses they need to be targeted to get it proper since that’s their main precedence for now and we mother and father ought to again them up with prayers for them to make it a hit.”
The scholars additionally talked to DAILY POST on their stage of preparation for the forthcoming examinations.
Adeleke Abraham, WAEC scholar in Central Senior Excessive College, Okota, stated: “I’m partially completely happy by the resumption. I’m completely happy as a result of the examination isn’t subsequent 12 months which is like losing a 12 months. On the identical time, I’m unhappy as a result of I’m probably not ready for the examination because it has been delayed and we had been already instructed its going to be subsequent 12 months. Our academics are actually making an attempt their greatest to organize us now although, taking us by way of 5 topics per day. And personally, aside from college preparation, I nonetheless have about 2 hours at house studying on my own simply to organize.”
Owoade Gratitude of Gloryland School, Ejigbo, stated: “I’m completely happy that the federal government made it potential to make sure that now we have the examination this 12 months. I thank the physique that actually fought for it to be potential too. However the challenge I’m not that completely happy about is that the varsity continues to be gathering the conventional college charges from us not minding the state of affairs within the nation.
“I’m not that prepared for the examination as a result of the sooner postponement has actually made us to chill out however I’m making ready for it. Other than the varsity revisions, I nonetheless have interaction in self studying to organize myself.”
Rebekah Ogede of Ejigbo Senior Excessive College stated she has additionally relented in her preparation as a result of postponement and solely has the 2-week revision to make up for the examination.
Opeyemi Lawal, a science scholar in Military Kids Senior Excessive College, Ikeja stated: “I’ve been making ready for the exams, even through the lockdown, I joined on-line educating instantly it began and I consider I’ll do effectively in my exams likewise others which have been finding out.”
Promise Ulonnya, an Arts scholar of Oshodi Complete Senior Excessive College acknowledged: “Our academics are educating us very effectively, the revision is a marathon one, we solely had one hour break on Thursday. The atmosphere is conducive for studying as a result of all different courses are absent within the compound besides us. With excessive focus, the exams can be a hit.
“I didn’t attend on-line teachings as a result of I didn’t have a smartphone likewise most of my associates, however I picked up private studying behavior at house whereas my good friend went to our head boy’s home for tutorial. With the look of issues, the examination goes to be 50/50 possibilities as it isn’t all the scholars acquired the web teachings.”
One other scholar from Ewutuntun Senior Grammar College, Alimat Akinode stated: “I did attend the web educating however in no way time as a result of I used my mum’s cellphone when she was round however now that revision courses have resumed, we work with a brand new educating agenda from 9am to 2pm. Our academics come to the category in any respect time. With the intensive teachings acquired with the help of previous questions, we are able to make greater than 60 % as move mark fee within the coming examination.”