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WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by Exzeebeat: 1:43pm On Sep 03, 2017
ANALYSIS: WAEC rating highlights dwindling fortunes of education in South-west Nigeria

Historically, western education entered the country through the South-west of Nigeria. The colonial authorities initially concentrated their activities in the Lagos area before moving down south along the coastal cities.

They were not at the time involved in the operation and funding of education. Scholars have suggested that formal western education began in Nigeria in 1842 at the primary level through the efforts of Christian missions. Secondary education was subsequently introduced. The first secondary school was CMS Grammar School, established in 1859 in Lagos.

It has been well documented that the colonial government only began its involvement in education after it promulgated its first Education Ordinance in 1882 when it began the funding of public schools and gave assistance to private ones. The difficulty in its implementation led to the enactment of the second Ordinance in 1887. This ordinance was said to have covered only schools in Lagos at the time.

Also, 73 years after the establishment of the first secondary school in Lagos, the first higher institution in Nigeria, Yaba Higher College, was established in 1932. The University College, Ibadan followed shortly in 1934.

Undoubtedly, the region had a head start in educational development compared to other regions of the country. This was further buoyed by the Universal Primary Education Policy of the then Premier of Western Region, Obafemi Awolowo, which offered free education for children in primary schools starting from 1955. Besides providing children of poor background access to quality education, it underscored the intrinsic value of education, which subsequently stimulated and facilitated the mass education of the population.

From Lagos to Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and down to Ekiti, the preponderance of professors and well-read academicians benchmarks the solid foundation laid for the education in the region. It is often said (though debatable) that in every home in Ekiti, there is a professor.

However, in a recent analysis, it is apparent that other regions are not only catching up, but might have overtaken the South-west in education.

If there is any doubt in the minds of anyone, the performances of the region in the Senior School Certificate Examinations, SSCE in the last five years showed that South-west states only trail other regions in their well-publicised ratings. In all these years, none of the states, besides Lagos, has made it to the list of top 10 states on the West African Examinations Council, WAEC performance table.

Available statistics of the 2017 SSCE results enumerating states’ performance, showed the South-east states posting brilliant performances. Besides topping the chart, four of the five states made the top 10 list of states.

The dominance of the South-east and South-south states in the WAEC rating in the last five years, raise concerns about the much-touted claims of the South-west as the bastion of education in Nigeria.

However, the South-west states had Lagos as a representative among the top 10 states. It shows Abia, Rivers, and Edo coming tops, with Imo, Bayelsa, Anambra, Lagos, Taraba, Enugu and Delta following in that order.

Besides Lagos that manages to retain its presence in the top 10, the other South-west states remain comfortable either at the rear or at the middle.

In 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 WAEC results, only Lagos featured in the top 10 list of states which continued to be dominated by states from the South-east and South-south.

For instance, in 2015, all the South-east states made it to the top 10 on the chart. While Lagos still retained its place on the list, Ekiti managed to clinch the 11th position on the chart. Ondo came 14th, Ogun, 20th position, Oyo, 27th, while Osun came 30th. The situation was not so different in 2014 chart which saw Ekiti occupying the 12th position. Ondo followed closely on the 13th position, while Ogun moved up to 18, Osun, 22 and Oyo, 24.

The Ekiti State government last year celebrated the improvement of the state on the WAEC performance chart when it moved from the 28th position in 2013 to 11th position in 2016. For the state, its placement on the chart had perhaps bestowed credence on the investment of the governor in education.

Idowu Adelusi, the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Ayo Fayose, had described the feat as “an indication that efforts of the present administration to reposition education in the state were already yielding results.”

He said the governor was particularly happy that no fewer than 37 per cent of the state candidates that sat for WAEC in 2016 had a minimum of five credits including in English and Mathematics while a similar feat was recorded in 2015.

“The mere fact that the state jumped from 35th position to the 11th, barely two years of the coming into office of this administration, is remarkable,” Mr. Adelusi said.

Ekiti State also retained its 11th position in 2017.

However, some have rejected the use of the WAEC chart as an indicator of the true state of education in any state. A top official of the Ogun State government, who did not want his name on print, while defending the situation with education in Ogun, said the conclusion that the south-west states, particularly Ogun, performed dismally compared to other states “was an error.”

According to him, the analyses did not consider the number of candidates for each state before arriving at the conclusion.

He said the rating was based on percentage pass in five subjects at credit level and above. Looking at the performance chart of the 2014 result, Ogun which registered 70,474 candidates was placed 18th. 

It was his reasoning that Ogun in that light should not be compared with states like Bayelsa, ‘which featured 19,930 candidates and placed fourth.’

But such an argument is whittled when the 2014 table is further examined. Even states which registered fewer candidates had higher number of candidates which had five credit passes and above including in Mathematic and English.

For instance, Imo, which placed 8th on the table, registered a total of 46,359 candidates, and had a total of 18,830 candidates with five credits and above including in Mathematics and English. Ogun with 70,474 candidates had a total of 15,974 candidates making the five credit passes and above mark.

It is noteworthy that Ogun State had attracted flaks from many critics in respect of its performance of candidates in the 2016 SSCE.

However, the Special Assistant on Media to the Ogun State Governor, Opeyemi Soyombo, believes such criticisms were unfair and “did not reflect the true state of education and the commitment of Ibikunle Amosun towards restoring the virtue of education in the state.”

He argued that the administration in Ogun was following the steps of Obafemi Awolowo by earmarking over 20 per cent of the state’s budget to education.

He said the government is also operating the free education policy at the primary and secondary levels which had in turn raised the level of enrolment in schools.

“In the 2010/ 2011 session, enrolment figure for JSS was 158,972. Today, through the free education policy of the Amosun government, enrolment figure has shot up to 226,836,” Mr. Soyombo said.

“The figure has increased from 133,997 in 2010/2011 to 172,444 at the SSS level. Due to improvement in our technical education, some children now move from JSS to such schools while the majority proceed to SSS, which is a big plus for our drive in vocational/technical education. Expectedly, performance of our children in WASSCE did improve significantly.”

It was also the view of the Commissioner for Education in Osun State, Kola Young, that the WAEC results do not necessarily represent the true state of education in the states.

He argued that considering the prevalent rate of examination malpractices across the country, it was necessary to analyse the capacity of school leavers to utilise their secondary school certificates.

Mr. Young said that analysts should look at the number of students matriculating in Nigerians universities in reaching conclusions “whether the South-west is lagging behind or not.”

“If I find out that in our universities that the south-west states are lagging behind in terms of the number of students gaining admissions, then I will be alarmed,” he said.

“But if the South-west is still leading, then I will have doubts about the capacity of the other states to check exam malpractices.”

He, however, added that he would need to have all the data to be able to reach a final conclusion on it.

Seinde Arogbofa, an educationist and author told PREMIUM TIMES that the dwindling fortunes of education in the region is a function of the lack of prioritisation of the sector by the state governments.

“UNICEF recommended that 26 per cent of the budget be allocated to education. Chief Obafemi Awolowo, in his pursuit of ensuring quality education for the people, earmarked over 30 per cent of his budget to education. That was the reason why he succeeded so much,” he said.

“Today, the state governments hardly give up to 10 per cent to education in their states; they place little value on education.”

He also blamed the poor reading culture for the dismal performance of students in the examinations, saying, “How can students pass when they don’t read?”

Mr. Arogbofa also criticised parents for not doing enough to raise their children well, and condemned their support for exam malpractices. He also had some kind words for state governments.

“To say that the South-west governments are not doing anything at all to improve education will amount to an overkill and over generalisation. Some states such as Ondo, Osun and Ogun had taken novel steps to re-establish the foundations of education in their respective domains. However, the fruits of these recent ventures would only be noticeable in the far future.”

Much of what is seen as the legacies of a visionary leadership bequeathed by Mr. Awolowo and which is still being harnessed today as the capacities of the South-west region was sown decades ago.

For South-west states, they may have to learn from Mr. Awolowo’s saying that, “As far as possible, expenditure on services which tend to the welfare and health and education of the people should be increased at the expense of any expenditure that does not answer to the same test.”

The sage’s pivotal economic and education polices transformed the entire South-west of Nigeria, making it a leading light not only in education, but in other areas of development. Governors in the region will need to re-enact past glories in bringing education to a place of priority, not only in access, but in quality

http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/242266-analysis-waec-rating-highlights-dwindling-fortunes-education-south-west-nigeria.html

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Re: WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by Tolexander: 2:00pm On Sep 03, 2017
For instance, in 2015, all the South-east states made it to the top 10 on the chart. While Lagos still retained its place on the list, Ekiti managed to clinch the 11th position on the chart. Ondo came 14th, Ogun, 20th position, Oyo, 27th, while Osun came 30th. The situation was not so different in 2014 chart which saw Ekiti occupying the 12th position. Ondo followed closely on the 13th position, while Ogun moved up to 18, Osun, 22 and Oyo, 24.
The A to Z of this write up, being backed up by this excerpt quoted, has proven that APC governments have nothing to offer on Education.

PDP governments know the value of Education and relatively trying more than its political counterpart.

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Re: WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by Richiez(m): 4:44pm On Sep 03, 2017
shocked shocked
Re: WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by veacea: 5:46pm On Sep 03, 2017
Lemme goan read the story
Re: WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by Ericaikince(m): 5:46pm On Sep 03, 2017
Winch kind wahala be diss cry

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Re: WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by emekanairaland(m): 5:46pm On Sep 03, 2017
Please someone should summarize

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Re: WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by dond411: 5:46pm On Sep 03, 2017
cool cool cool

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Re: WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by babyfaceafrica: 5:47pm On Sep 03, 2017
So waec is how you judge education?...neco and jamb ko?..competitions like JET and cowbell??..this article is nonsense.....those that are educated are they richer than huspupi,otedola ,may weather and neymar..park well oga

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Re: WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by RIPEnglish: 5:47pm On Sep 03, 2017
I was expectation it, these is what will happened when a country have a illiterate as his presidency.

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Re: WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by Sunofgod(m): 5:47pm On Sep 03, 2017
Maybe backwardness is linked to a certain religion?

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Re: WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by cstr1000: 5:47pm On Sep 03, 2017
Is this news.? angry
It is an insult on the rest of the south to believe the SW has a monopoly on education.
I get am before no be property.

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Re: WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by hebenezher(m): 5:48pm On Sep 03, 2017
I couldn't decipher after much trial, on why God has made (continuously till date), Yoruba the best of the whole culture.









so fortunate to have erected an Afonja undecided I couldn't decipher after much trial, on why God has made (continuously till date), Yoruba the best of the whole culture.









so fortunate to have erected an Afonja








Kaetoh:
Afonjas will not agree that we Igbos have overtaken them in education long time ago. They should keep wallowing in civil war era glory.


Spitting crap!

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Re: WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by EmekaMD(m): 5:48pm On Sep 03, 2017
Truth is..
I love the kind of competition between the SE and the SW; it's a healthy one..

They used to brag that they're the "surfisticated race" in Nigeria.

We took the challenge and here we are today..

Let's keep challenging each other to do better. It's healthy for us all..

#bring it on!!

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Re: WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by Fadiga24(m): 5:48pm On Sep 03, 2017
Can someone in three sentences summarize what was written up there? undecided

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Re: WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by Nobody: 5:50pm On Sep 03, 2017
Bourdillion is not interested for now ..
The best brains are in civil service, politics, agberos, abattoirs, construction, LASTMA to mention a few. Thy have secured those sectors for generations unborn.

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Re: WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by bamite(m): 5:50pm On Sep 03, 2017
choi
Re: WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by Tajbol4splend(m): 5:51pm On Sep 03, 2017
This post reminds me of GNS 101 hand out

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Re: WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by HisSexcellency(m): 5:51pm On Sep 03, 2017
grin grin grin grin grin War is coming grin

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Re: WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by ishowdotgmail(m): 5:51pm On Sep 03, 2017
Nigeria education generally is nothing to write home about. No fuss about it

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Re: WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by Mentcee(m): 5:52pm On Sep 03, 2017
afonjaic blockheads

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Re: WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by Nobody: 5:52pm On Sep 03, 2017
I have always said it, waec is overrated. how will you become a President by having pass all subject in jamb??

don't you know part of the criteria of been a good president is to have no certificate

lost generation. they will never learn.

summary of the nonsense up there pls cheesy

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Re: WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by Gamesmart: 5:52pm On Sep 03, 2017
Tolexander:
The A to Z of this write up, being backed up by this excerpt quoted, has proven that APC governments have nothing to offer on Education.

PDP governments know the value of Education and relatively trying more than its political counterpart.

They know the value of education by looting the whole yam harvest dry?

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Re: WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by Tajbol4splend(m): 5:52pm On Sep 03, 2017
Fadiga24:
Can someone in three sentences summarize what was written up there? undecided


Go and read it

Don't disturb me

I didn't read it too

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Re: WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by AYFikayomi: 5:53pm On Sep 03, 2017
I Quite Agree That The Quality Of Education In South West Nigeria Might Have Dwindled.

However, I Dont Think The Waec Ratings Paint The Whole Story. For All That Has Been Said, Literacy In The West, In My View, Is Still On The Rise, Perharps The Highest In The Entire Country.

Sw States Still Do Very Well In Neco( Ekiti Came First Last Year) And The Region Came Tops In Jamb In A Report That Made Fp Earlier This Year. So It Might Not Be As Bad As Stated.

The Onus Still Fall Especially On The Govs To Provide Funds For Education. As Education In The SWest Is Still 3rd World

SE states in particular have been very impresive of recent. Kudos

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Re: WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by Kaetoh: 5:53pm On Sep 03, 2017
Afonjas will not agree that we Igbos have overtaken them in education long time ago. They should keep wallowing in civil war era glory.

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Re: WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by Clone2020(m): 5:53pm On Sep 03, 2017
Too short
Re: WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by galaxy4rep(m): 5:54pm On Sep 03, 2017
Kikikiki!!!
Re: WAEC Rating Highlights Dwindling Fortunes Of Education In South-west Nigeria by ivolt: 5:54pm On Sep 03, 2017
This article is correct.

We cannot continue to pretend that all is well with SW's secondary education.
The various state governments don't give a hoot about education anymore so
long as it doesn't affect their re-elections.

Since there are no reports which prove that cheating is more common in other
regions, I will assume that the SW no longer take secondary school education serious.

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