By Wole Mosadomi
Minna â€” Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the National Examination Council, NECO, Professor Promise Okpara, has exonerated the council from the mass failure of students in the last examination conducted by it.
He said the failure should be traced to the students and their teachers who he said had failed to live up to expectations in the examination.
Addressing journalists in his office yesterday, the Registrar said the council gained nothing in the mass failure of students, but would rather be happy seeing the candidates excel in all their subjects.
He said rather than crucify NECO, the principals and teachers of secondary schools across the country should be queried and investigated to know the root cause of the mass failure.
He observed that most of the teachers and even the students did not have access to the syllabus and, therefore, made it difficult for them to know what they should read.
â€œFor instance, if a teacher covers only 10 topics of the 100 topics he is supposed to cover, it invariably means that he or the teacher will notÂ go beyond the 100 topics he has covered knowing full well that the students will protest should he go beyond what he has thought them,â€ the Registrar said.
Prof. Okpara said at their own level in their schools, the students failed in most, if not all, the subjects they had registered for and proudly faced NECO examination, not knowing that they were just half baked and shocked in the examination room when they came across strange questions different from what they had covered in school.
According to him, â€œwe work within the prescribed syllabus and there is no way we could have gone out of this knowing full well that the students are at liberty to sue the council to court if we go beyond the scope of the syllabus.â€