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minister explain why student fail mathematics and English in WASSCE

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The Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim
Shekarau, has
identified lack of skilled Mathematics and
English Language
teachers as one of the reasons why pupils
performed woefully in
2014 West African Senior Secondary Certificate
Examinations.
He stated this on Thursday at the 60th National
Council of
Education meeting in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Of the 1.7million candidates who sat for this
year’s WASSCE,
only 529,425 obtained credits in five subjects
and above,
including English Language and Mathematics.
This implies that about one million pupils will not
secure
university admission in the country this year.
But Shekarau , who frowned on mass failure,
said, “There is no
doubt that we have several challenges, among
them, the non-
availability of skilled teachers of Mathematics
and English
Language.
“As part of the efforts to support quality
education outcome, the
Nigerian Educational Research and Development
Council has
introduced e-curriculum, which I inaugurated in
September. It
would ensure that teachers, learners and other
relevant
stakeholders have easy online access to the
prescribed national
curriculum in all subjects.”
Shekarau, who said the Federal Ministry of
Education had taken
steps to ensure that the Unity Schools key into
the effective use
of the portal to enhance their studies, urged state
governments
to embrace the initiative in order to strengthen the
quality of
education delivery in the country for global
competitiveness.
The minister further said that in recognition of
the importance of
early childhood education, the National Council
on Education, at
its 59th session, approved the incorporation of
the one-year
pre-primary education into the existing 6-3-3-4.
Shekarau explained that despite government’s
efforts to realise
this, about 19 million eligible Nigerian children
did not enrol in
the early childhood care and development
education scheme.
On the containment of Ebola Virus Disease, he
commended the
state commissioners for education for their
cooperation in
addressing the scourge.
The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle
Amosun, said the
state’s desire for hosting the meeting was to
contribute to the
development of a robust educational system that
was
comparable with what obtains in advanced
democracies.
He said, “All over the world, education has been
recognised as
the most potent tool and catalyst for socio-
economic, political,
scientific and technological development.
“It is generally known that a nation that attaches
the desired
importance to its educational development
achieves
considerable socio-economic advancement to the
benefit of its
citizenry and contribute significantly to their
wellbeing.”
He added that his administration had spent
N60bn on education
since May 2011.
According to him, education, being the first of
his
administration’s five cardinal programmes,
required a turn-
around.
He said, “The situation we met on ground
requires total
overhauling of the sector. Education is the best
legacy that can
be bequeathed to the young ones. Education is
key to total
national development. Employable graduates
depend on the
quality of education provided.”
He said the provision of free textbooks and other
instructional
materials, rehabilitation of classrooms, payment
of pupils’
WASSCE fees, training of teachers, among
others, were the
government’s intervention areas in the sector.
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