NUT blames Nigerian government over mass failure in WAEC

The Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, has blamed the federal government for students’ dismal performance in 2014 West African Examination Council, WAEC.

The NUT said the government needs to solve the problem of failure by paying attention to Mathematics and English Language in schools.

The NUT president, Alobga Olukoya, stated this while briefing journalists on Tuesday in Abuja.

Mr. Olukoya identified the cause for the mass failure in Maths and English as inadequate Mathematics and English Language Teachers.

He said the federal government needs to seek out teachers for those subjects and pay them adequately to retain them in the classrooms.

Mr. Olukoya called on the government to pay science and maths teachers adequately and issue a letter in that regard which all state governments will comply with.

Dilapidated infrastructure in public schools

Mr. Olukoya said public schools have been neglected for too long.

He explained that classrooms are largely dilapidated, while instructional materials are hard to find in schools and the laboratories are not well equipped.

He said that supervision of schools is no more regular, discipline in schools has gone down and the boarding system in schools have been de-emphasized.

Mr. Olukoya said that reading culture is no more promoted, as home movies are preferred to home reading.

“Unrealistic theories and procrastination at addressing schools problems are the other of the day,

“Buck passing by different tiers of government parastatals at fixing the identified malaise and labour issues in our education industry is the style in vogue,” Mr. Olukoya said.

He advised the government to govern well and prevent the student from receiving lessons and writing examinations on bare floor.

“Let the teachers be motivated and have some sense of belonging in the Nigeria Society, let Parents see their children and wards as their future and be more serious and committed in their obligations,

“Let the nation promote the right and values and the lost glory of Education return,” Mr. Olukoya said.

In May/June 2014, a total number of 1,692,435 candidates sat for the West Africa Examination Council, WAEC.


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  • Efe1

    Let me make the GEJ supporters club excuse for them, “Failure did not start under GEJ”. I guess this is transformation PDP style. Wike can run his campaign on this, he single handedly failed in improving the pass rate of Nigerian student in WAEC.

    • olusessy

      Students will start passing when parents start showing interest in their academics . From time only students that read after being taught can pass. U cannot sow dance movies, poRnography , home video and expect to reap academic excellence. Pls stop blaming teachers , instead advise parents and their children to be focused

      • Efe1

        I can see you are a product of the failed educational policy of this govt and previous ones. In comment above, I was eluding to lack of coherent and consistent govt policy. In now way did I blame the teachers for the failure. They the teachers can only do what they can.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Is the FG in charge of secondary school education too ? The unity schools are the ones handled by the FG to the best of my knowledge. That the NUT president does not know his employer is a reflection of what our children are suffering under them. GEJ is now everybody’s whipping boy but let us cane him for the ones he deserves and not that of others. NUT should transform into a political party so that they can oppose very well

  • tsunami1earthquake

    These teachers are making very timid excuses in their bid to pass the blame. As far as we know, the teachers are the foot-soldiers, the people directly in touch with the students. Teachers of science and mathematics cannot be said to be completely ignorant of what they teach, for you cannot employ someone who studied history to teach maths or physics. Teachers must first of all do an internal auditing of themselves, tell themselves the home truth regarding their attitude to work, which of course pervades all other strata of the Nigerian society. Some teachers are known to shirk their responsibility and wait for ‘expos’ to sell to students.

  • abujakenneth

    Up Anambra State

  • Otile

    Anybody blaming the failure of the students on the President is either a Yoruba or an APC member who is out to blackmail the President. First of all, there are many factors that determine the success or failure of a student. There are always dull, brainless students as anybody who has taught schools in the North can tell you. What has the President got to do with those children with low IQ? Nada. Some bright students don’t have time to study for they are preoccupied with frivolous distractions such as porno or sex. Most importantly Islam teaches that Western education is forbidden. How can you teach children to hate learning and at the same time expect them to learn well to pass exams? You now see that Islam is a bane on society. Blame Islam not the government.