Mass failure in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) is not new. It is becoming the norm in Nigeria’s education sector. Couple of months ago, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, called for the declaration of a state of emergency in the sector. Recently, the Senate said it too is intervening in the academic crisis. In this report, Head, Education Desk, IYABO LAWAL, explores the history of mass failure in WAEC exams and how to truly resolve the issues

Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki, is not known for frivolity. He has a rich political resume; same with educational pedigree. Understanding the undercurrents of the standards of education in Nigeria as borne out by the latest flop in the West African Examination Council-organised exams for O’ level graduates, he did not hesitate to speak out where many have kept silent.

Speaking on the latest mass failure in the WAEC exams, following the set up of a Senate committee, Saraki said, “I am sure the committee will work assiduously to get to the bottom of this matter and see that it is addressed. Indeed the education sector needs some reforms.”

The crisis in the sector was further described by Senator Biodun Olujimi as worrisome.She said, “There is need for revaluation to understand where the missing link is. There is also the need to look at teacher education because we have some teachers who are not properly trained, who don’t do research and cannot read or write. So, how can they teach our…

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