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Nigeria as a country has gone through several educational reforms which started even before colonial rule. The quality and standard of education received and disseminated over the years cannot be measured with what it is in recent times; the standard of education keeps dropping.

So many issues on the low level of education have continued to emerge, the level at which the education standard is falling cannot be measured; The last time an average youth of today picks up a book to read after graduation is something that’s very rare .

A Couple of months back the West Africa Examination Council (WEAC) results were released and several candidates failed woefully. From research, the Ministry of Education’s 2012 report stated that pass rate in WASSCE being conducted by WAEC was marginal, it was – 25.56 percent in 2009, 23.36 in 2010, 30.9 in 2011 and 39 percent in 2012.

A total of 529,425 candidates representing 31.28 per cent obtained credit in five subjects and above, including English language and mathematics, in 2012 and 2013 May/June WASSCE results; there was marginal decline in the performance of the candidates as 38.81 per cent was recorded in 2012 and 36.57 per cent in 2013.

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) result is another that can not be ignored.

Over one million (1,015,504) candidates who registered for the exam failed, in the 2014 UME examination only 47 scored 250 and above, 2,494 results with-held, In all, 990,179 registered for PPT; 325 registered for DBT, bringing the total number to 1, 015, 504 in 2004. While 10 out of about 1.64 million candidates scored more than 300 marks in the examination; 628 candidates scored between 270 and 299 marks and about 50 per cent of those who sat the examination scored less than 200 marks in the previous year.

Though to bring about value change, JAMB made its 2015 examination a compulsory CBT for all, and it came into existence with applaud and recommendation from other bodies and private individual who lauded the achievement. The hiccups encountered almost overshadowed the feat but it would remain on record it was a great step the body took towards the realization of restoring value to the falling standard of education.

The poor performance of students has been attributed to the falling standard of education in the country. If the value is not instilled, it would continue to affect the way students and graduates are perceived in and outside the shore of the country.

Because the low standard has continued to have effect on the level of acceptance of these candidates when they go out of the country to further their education.

Education should get proper attention, our children need more than the education they are getting now, the curricular and infrastructural hiccups are still very much around, this is aside, paucity of qualified teachers. Some things have to be put in place.

What happened to primary and secondary education has caught up with our higher institutions of learning. The nonexistence of definite outline for the Nigerian education manifested itself in the poor state of tertiary institutions. These institutions especially universities became disorganized when compared with their counterparts in developing countries.


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