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31 May 2013

Nigeria: NECO Seeks Reform in Education System to Check Mass Failure

BY ALICE FESTUS, (Vanguard Newspaper) Abuja — Chairman, Governing Board of National Examination Council, NECO, Mr. Paddy Njoku, has warned that the mass failure recorded in the conduct of national examinations in the country in recent years will continue, except a comprehensive reform of the educational system was carried out. Njoku, yesterday, at the public presentation of the Transformational Teacher and Taking Responsibility for School Improvement, by Rosemary Nwangwu, in Abuja, expressed concern over the poor performance of applicants in NECO, West African Examinations Council, WAEC, and Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB examinations. He said that the educational system keeps deteriorating as a result of what is being fed into it and as such, the reformation has to begin from the basic levels which, he said, are the nursery and primary levels. He said: "In information communication technology, you have garbage in and garbage out out which is called GEGO. Once what you are feeding into the examination system is rotten, it will bring out rotten result. So, the point we are making is that we should reform our educational system and re-jig it in such a way that our children go into the examination well prepared, otherwise, NECO, WAEC and JAMB will always be producing bad results, which are true results of the bad situations, authentic results of the bad educational situation that we have in the country today."