Atiku Reacts To WAEC Mass Failure

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has
reacted to the recent mass failure
recorded by Nigerian students in the May/
June 2014 West African Examinations
Council (WAEC).
Vanguard reports that the former president
in a statement issued in Abuja, attributed
the student’s failure to the non-chalant
attitude of government to the education
sector starting from primary to tertiary level.
Atiku, who described the student’s failure as
the nation’s failure said, the development
was no longer a surprise to anyone
considering the several strikes embarked
upon by academicians.
Read the full statement below:
“The West Africa Examination Council, WAEC,
has just released the results of the May/June
2014 Senior School Certificate Examination.
As was the case last year, mass failure was
recorded by Nigerian students.
“Only 31.28 per cent of the students who
sat for the 2014 exam obtained credits in
five subjects and above, including
Mathematics and English Language.
“No one who has been observing the
ongoing attitude towards education in
Nigeria will be surprised by this. In the past
year alone, industrial actions by teachers
have dominated the news headlines.
Primary school teachers in Benue State, for
example, embarked on an eight-month
strike to demand better conditions and
allowances.
“Teachers all over Nigeria remain poorly
paid, with several jokes being peddled
about how parents are reluctant to allow
their daughters marry teachers.
“In addition to poor welfare, teachers in the
Northeast of Nigeria face a peculiar
challenge not common to their colleagues in
other parts of the country” the statement
read.
It would be recalled that the West Africa
Examination Council, WAEC recorded a mass
failure in the just released May/June 2014
West African Senior School Certificate
Examination
(WASSCE) results that was released on
August 7, 2014. The mass failure was
recorded in both Mathematics and English
Language.

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