Wednesday, April 23, 2014

60% of Abuja secondary school students failed WASSCE- official


Majority of Abuja student’s failed the Secondary School Leaving Certificate Examination.


Over 60 per cent of students in Abuja who sat for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE, failed, an official has said.

The Abuja Education Secretary, Kabir Usman, said only 38.39 per cent of the students passed, with credit and above, in five subjects.

He, however, said this is an improvement especially when compared with the 2011 result, when only 20.42 per cent of the students passed.

Mr. Usman attributed the improvement to employment of more teachers in the relevant subjects and ensuring that teachers put in more efforts for the success of their students.

He said inadequate infrastructure had affected the school system in the Abuja in the past.

“This has been our experience in the school system, especially in the area of congested classrooms, empty libraries and laboratories.

“These problems, I am happy to say, are being tackled with a provision of infrastructure, including schools, classrooms, hostels, sporting facilities, among others in 2012,” the Education Secretary said.

He said government had constructed over 2,000 new classrooms for the basic and senior education levels.

Mr. Usman added that a total of 28 additional new schools were established across the six Area Councils of the territory.

He said the Abuja administration also ensured that all schools have a functional computer laboratory with interconnectivity to enable online registration in 52 public senior secondary schools.

He, however, said the Abuja Education Secretariat did not only pay adequate attention to quality of teachers but also trained them regularly.

“In collaboration with the British Council, 200 English teachers were also trained under the Teaching Knowledge Test,” Mr. Usman said.


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