Okene – The Provost of the Federal College of Education (FCE), Okene, Dr Iyela Ajayi, has identified dying culture of reading among students as the major cause of mass failure in public examinations.
Ajayi made the observation when he received the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Kogi State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in his office at Okene on Wednesday.
He argued that watching movies, unregulated internet and facebook surfing and other past times had now taken better part of youths’ time as they had placed less emphasis on reading.
Ajayi said that the problem was national in outlook while under-funding of the education sector also militated against the performance of students.
The provost argued that UNESCO’s recommendation of funding of education was that 26 per cent of the budget be devoted to the education sector but expressed regrets that it was only during Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration that the education sector got about seven per cent budgetary allocation.
“If education is not properly funded, there will be infrastructure decay and quality will go down. ”
Ajayi noted that dearth of competent teachers, parents’ failure to pay due attention to needs of their wards and a lack of value orientation, corruption and less emphasis on hard work must be tackled to check mass failure in examinations.
Commenting on examination malpractice, he advocated preventive measures, saying it was better not to give students the opportunity to be tempted to cheat.
“Here in this institution we have a policy of prevention. We organise workshops for invigilators before every semester examination.
“We make them to understand that if you involve yourself in exam malpractice, we will also publish your names and pictures. The academic board is very strict about this”.
He also assured the chapel that there are no case of secret cult activity in the institution.
The Chairman of the chapel, Mr Labaran Tijani, urged the college to proffer solutions to the mass failure in public examinations in recent times in its position as a teacher training college. (NAN)