By Gabriel Enogholase
BENINâ€” WORRIED by the mass failure of students in English Language and Mathematics in West African Examinations Council, WAEC, and National Examinations Council, NECO, examinations, a member of the House of Representatives, the member representing Orhionmwon/Uhunmwode Federal Constituency, Mr. Samson Osagie, has donated a set of books on the subjects to secondary schools in his constituency.
The over 500 books is a compilation of past WAEC and NECO question papers on English Language and MathematicsÂ from 1980 to 2009, is aimed at helping the students in the 61 secondary schools in his constituency excelled in futureÂ examinations.
Osagie,who represents Orhionmwon/Uhunmwonde Federal Constituency â€œMy investigations as to why there is mass failure in the core subjects of English Language and Mathematics in our Senior Secondary School Certificate ExaminationsÂ reveal that they lacked access to basic instructional materials on the subjects.
â€œI recalled that part of our successes when we were in secondary schools was our constant use of past examination question papers.
â€œThis helped us a lot in the final examinations. So, I decided to commission an educationist to help put the past examination questions on the two core subjects into a book so as to re-enact that era where secondary school students have the opportunity of studying past question papers for their examinationsâ€.
He appealed to secondary school students in his constituency to make judicious use of the books as they prepared for examinations.
Osagie stressed that the two core subjects were so important in the choice of a career and described education as the key economic indices to any economic empowerment and development.
He also donated treated mosquito nets as well as chemicals for primary health care in the area.