The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has described the poor performance of Nigerian candidates in last year’s WASSCE as a big shame after some 3 Ghanaian candidates who sat for the examination were awarded by WAEC.
Speaking to the Nigerian Tribune newspaper, the secretary-general of NUT, Dr Mike Ene said Nigeria presenting about 70% of the total candidates who sat for the examination and defeating is a step in the wrong direction.
“Only Ghana winning gold, silver and bronze medals in the same examination written by countries like Nigeria which presented almost about 70 per cent of the total candidates is not good enough for Nigerian image,” the Educationist told the Nigerian English language newspaper.
Dr Mike Ene in the interview monitored by Educationweb.com.gh attributed the poor performance to incessant strikes by various academic and non-academic workers from the university to primary schools.
He listed poor infrastructural facilities and learning tools, low morale of workers, students laziness, among factors that contributed to the mass failure of Nigerian candidates who sat for the WASSCE for School exams.
According to him, Nigeria will continue to lag behind in the education sector resulting in poor WASSCE performance if the Nigerian government does not approach the worrying issues holistically and seriously.
The NUT member further explained that gone were the days when the standard of education in Ghana was below that of Nigeria.
“Ghana had to strive to make things work to the extent that the country is now attracting many international students including Nigerians into its schools while only a few foreign students, if any at all, come to study in Nigerian schools,” Dr Mike Ene stated as quoted by the newspaper.
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) this year awarded three Ghanaian students who it said despite the outbreak of the global covid-19 pandemic performed outstandingly in the 2020 WASSCE for School.