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JAMB: Kalejaiye expresses concern over students’ poor performance

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JAMB: Kalejaiye expresses concern over students’ poor performance

 

The traditional ruler of Otumara community in Lagos Mainland of Lagos State has expressed concerned over the poor performance of students in the Universal Tertiary and Matriculation Examination (UTME).

According to JAMB registrar, Prof Ishiaq Oloyede, no less than 1.4 million out of 1.8 million students who sat for the UTME scored below 200 marks.

While expressing displeasure over the poor outing, Kalejaiye called for immediate action to avoid a repeat of such mass failure.

He advised the parents and students to avoid any distraction and prioritise learning over other extra-curricular activities.

He stated, “The poor performance of students in the last UTME was disgraceful and disheartening. Students need to learn to concentrate on balancing their studying. This day, many of them dwell more on smart phones, watching pay TV and socialising on social media Apps.

One wonders why many students failed JAMB despite it being multiple choice questions while WAEC is both objective and theory and essay. JAMB is not an A-level exam. Most of the questions have been taught in secondary school yet students fail. Why is this so?

This is why parents must pay adequate to how their children spend their leisure time. They also must prioritise learning over hawking and street trading after school hours.

And importantly, parents must invest in textbooks and past questions because not many parents can afford to buy these important learning aids for their children and this adversely affect their performance in both examinations.
Also, we are in the era when parents hire mercenaries to write exams for their children. This gives that child unnecessary confidence about recording success in the exam despite not preparing.

For students, they should avoid every distraction. Students fail not because they are writing WAEC and JAMB but they fail because of distractions. Many are affected by peer pressure, engaging in illicit affair and other social vices.”

Kalejaiye who is also the patron of Sports in Schools in Lagos Mainland also advised the government to invest in education and learning aids and also work on the current educational policy to yield positive result.

He said, “This mass failure is a call to action for both the State and Federal Ministries of Education. The government must come up with policies to change the narrative and also invest in teachers welfare because without committed and dedicated teachers, success will be out of reach of students.”

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