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FG warns exam bodies over partial release of results

By Chris Ochayi

ABUJA— Following public outcry that trailed the conduct of examinations recently in the country, the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqqayatu Ahmed Rufai has ordered the four examination bodies not to release partial results of candidates henceforth.

Besides, a retired educationalist, Prof. Pai Obayan has said unless the nation embarks on a holistic overhaul of the entire education system, the problem of mass failure witnessed in the recent years would continue to haunt the nation.

Prof. Rufai, who gave the directive yesterday at the National Examination Summit organised by the Federal Ministry of Education, admitted that the appalling performance by students has to do with gaps in the curriculum, poor teaching methods, non-availability of syllabuses in some schools, government policies on compulsory registration for all subjects by candidates, among others.

It would be recalled that the recent result released by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, showed that results of 86, 000 candidates were either partially released or not released at all, thereby resulting to public outcry.

The minister noted that the policy for registration would be reviewed to allow candidates have options to register for only the subjects they need to qualify for admission.

According to her, “examination bodies should henceforth strictly adhere to due process as provided in the laws establishing them. They should follow operational guidelines and obtain necessary approvals from the ministry.”

In his lead paper presented at the National Examination Summit, a retired educationist, Prof. Pai Obayan canvassed for a holistic overhauling of the entire education system in order to solve the problem of mass failure of candidates in the country.


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