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Maths ability not necessary in every course ofstudy — WAEC boss


Head of the Nigeria National Office of West African
Examinations Council,WAEC, Mr. Charles Eguridu has stated
that making Mathematics a compulsory subject for students
seeking admission in tertiary institutions is unfair, when the
candidate’s course of study in the university has nothing to do
with Mathematics.
Eguridu who made this statement against the backdrop of the
29.37 per cent WASSCE candidates who obtained five credits
and above in Mathematics and English Language said: “It will
be unfair to judge or determine students’ performance in
examination based on Mathematics and English Language.”
Answering questions from journalists at WAEC corporate
Yaba, Lagos after the release of results last Thursday Eguridu
explained that as a student of Theatre Arts, you have no
business learning quadratic equation. According to him;
“Somebody who wants to read Yoruba in the university, and
institution is demanding for Mathematics is an issue because
he does not need Mathematics to perform well in Yoruba. I do
not think Mathematical ability is necessary for success in every
endeavour of live.”
In all his years, he reiterated that, he is yet to see where
mathematical ability is necessary in all areas of endeavour.
‘’Those who play football and can score goals, or those who
sing very well, I am yet to see how passing Mathematics made
them successful. For English Language, I agree because it is
means of communication, but for Maths, it should not
compulsory for some studies,’’ he added.
The HNO who took a swipe at those condemning WAEC for
mass failure based on Mathematics and English Language said
br /> ‘’This is a private candidate exam. Preharps a candidate
registers for Biology, Maths and English, if he does not write
Maths and English and you use the population of those who
wrote Maths and English to ascertain the percentage of success,
the statistics will be incorrect.
“In a situation where a candidate registers for eight or nine
subjects and you isolate two subjects to ascertain his overall
performance, is unfair. The purpose of education is not to pass
examination but to equip children for life.’’
Double registrations
Eguridu further maintained; “Nigerians need to go back and
the national policy on education. It is not envisaged that every
child who entered primary school will end up a university
professor. We expect that after the first six years of primary
school, then the first three, senior high school. After this stage
the results will determine the route such student will take,
to technical education, college of education, school of nursing,
polytechnic or university.’’
On the drop of candidates that registered for the examination,
Eguridu heaps the reasons on effiency of WAEC. He provided
that WAEC has made it impossible for candidates to have
double registrations. In the past, he pointed out, people asked
candidates to register them in one centre and go to another
centre to re-register. He insisted that with the introduction of
biometric features, if you try to register twice, it will not be
For those who criticized the walk in candidate initiative,
said: “Nigeria is not an island, it is a country that is advancing
like other countries. In Singapore for example, people will
their exams when they are ready. A situation where a candidate
needs a credit to advance in his studies and he has to wait for
another one year cannot be justified. We have no apology for
this, we have done it and we will do it again.
“If a candidate wants to register on the day of examination, we
register him and ensure that the registration properly done. We
will capture biometric details, exam fees will be paid and the
candidate will be allowed to write with those who registered
On the issue of wrong pictures of some candidates, Eguridu
heaped the blame on school owners,explaining that WAEC’s
registration portal has been designed in such a way that it
works on information uploaded by schools into the server. That
not withstanding, WAEC has to give them a second chance for
the information to be uploaded correctly. However, from the
examination, he stated that WAEC’s upgraded systems will
reject such flawed entries.
In spite of this facilities, some school authority do not take
to cross check the information uploaded to our data based.
His words: “If a school authority assignments a picture on
wrong candidate, they should be held responsible. ‘’We have a
situation where instead of uploading the candidate picture, they
just put a flower pot. At times, one candidate’s picture will be
dominant in the picture of some schools. Beginning from next
examination, our upgraded system will reject such

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