One major prerequisite for gaining admission into tertiary institutions of learning is a credit pass in relevant subjects at the West African Senior Secondary School Examination, WASSCE conducted by West African Examination Council (WAEC).
The achievement of students in these examinations is a panacea towards realizing their dreams of studying a particular course in any of the tertiary institution.
However, the performance of candidates in WASSCE has been that of mixed feelings for various stakeholders.
For instance, in 2014 and 2015, the percentage of candidates that obtained five credits and above including English Language and Mathematics were 31.28 percent and 38.68 percent respectively.
Available record showed that 52.9 percent success was recorded in 2016, while the trend took a new dimension last year with improvement in candidates’ performance which increased to 59.22 percent in 2017.
However, this year’s result shows a decline in what was obtainable in 2016 and 2017 as only 49.98 percent of candidates who wrote this year’s school certificate examination obtained credit passes and above.
According to the West African Examination Council, Head of National Office, Mr Olu Adenipekun, the credit passes included English Language and Mathematics.
Investigation revealed that some of the factors responsible for the decline include, lack of basic teaching materials, poor infrastructure, poor remuneration of teachers, truancy on the part of students , laziness, poor study habit, parents improper monitoring of their wards and children and peer influence.
No doubt, education is a virile instrument to national development of any nation, therefore stakeholders in the education sector must be responsive to their roles in order to perform distinctively not only in school but in other external examinations.
Government and private schools owners should provide basic infrastructure and conducive learning atmosphere in schools as well as employ only qualified and committed teachers.
Government at all levels should continue to invest more in the education sector to achieve qualitative education.
Also, state government which is saddled with the responsibility of managing secondary schools should ensure prompt payment of teachers’ salaries and other benefits to bring about the desired commitment.
Apart from the fact that many of the teachers are still owed backlog of salaries their wages also need to be improved.
There should be training and re-training of teachers to update their knowledge on information communication technology to aid teaching.
In addition, West African Examination Council should contribute its quota by organizing free workshops and seminars for secondary school teachers to enlighten them on syllabus and examination rudiments.
Parents also have a great role to play in monitoring their children as well as making sure that they concentrate on their academic.
Above all, students should know that there is no short cut to success; hence determination to succeed must be their watch word as they remain the future leaders of the country.