WAEC Must Not Play The Blame Game


We have had to go through this ritual every year, either during the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) or the West African senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), examination, where exams papers get leaked, especially Maths, English and Science.

The leakage, most often leads to the cancelation of papers already written, the ones about to be written or schools found to have been complacent, gets the results of their students cancelled or withheld.

This year there is no exception, as the West African Examination Council (WAEC), has announced the cancelation of some BECE papers that started on Monday.

If we cannot guarantee the credibility of our exams, which opens the door for progression in education at every level, then when we travel outside the country to seek further studies, no country will take our students serious.

In this era of social media, the leakage was expected to go viral, which did and has gotten the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) to take up the matter.

Do we blame the student, who all wants to gain admission into the first class Senior High Schools (SHS), the parents, who want their ward to get classmates, proprietors or proprietress of schools, who wants more pupil to enroll in their schools, because of their performance and the staff at WAEC, who wants money to maintain a certain lifestyles?

Whiles, we all find answers to these nagging questions; our once revered educational system unfortunately is going the way of Nigeria.

What future are we preparing the young ones for; it is too early to imbibe in them the spirit of cheating. We are teaching them that the only way to get something done is to cheat.

The principle of the end justifies the means, regardless of how it is achieved, is what is driving the society today.

Law makers, who are supposed to be the upholders of everything we hold dear, are themselves cheating in order to get into the August House.

WAEC, must not play the blame game, they should own up and take responsibility for this and make sure that it never happens again, this is not rocket science.

It has only assumed this prominence, because of the digital age. This is nothing new, it happens every year, but that does not mean, nothing can be done about it.

If we fail in education, then we are doomed for failure as a nation.

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