The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has revealed that the poor performance of students who sit for its examination can be attributed to negligence on the part of parents. This revelation comes barely four months to WASSCE 2020.
This was made known by Mr. Oladele Oluremi, Cross River Branch Controller of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) in Nigeria.
Taking the case of Ghana, the Ghana division of WAEC has not made such a revelation in recent times however, this revelation by Mr. Oladele could be said to be the case for Ghana as well.
The speaker was emphatic in his submission when he revealed that, some parents helped their children to engage in all forms of malpractices. Such activities or tendencies led by parents makes students very lazy. Many students are not prepared for the examinations because of the attempt by parents to get quick fixes before or after the exams.
He revealed that there have been instances where parents shamelessly call on the examining body to alter the results of students or their wards. Such calls according to him come after the students sit the examination but performed poorly.
Sometimes some parents follow their wards to the examination center and their number could almost be equal to that of the actual students writing the examination. He added.
As the WASSCE 2020 draws nearer, he used the opportunity to challenge students to prepare adequately for their examination by reading their books and avoiding procrastination. Mr. Oladele further called on students to read wider, deep and engage in constant practice with past questions, this is one sure way to avoid failing the WAEC 2020 examination.
Improving infrastructure, access, teaching, and learning materials and recruiting qualified and dedicated staff as well as motivating teachers will go a long way to help prepare students. However, the commitment level of students to success also has a role to play in their success.
Governments in all countries that sit for the WASSCE must continue to improve on education systems, policies and programs aimed at effective, efficient and quality education right from year one at the SHS to help position students for success.
Parents must advise and encourage their wards to learn for the WASSCE 2020 and support them emotionally and in material terms rather than trying to pass through the back door to either buy WASSCE 2020 questions and answers or seek for their ward’s results to be changed.
WAEC and the security agencies must institute measures to arrest and prosecute groups and individuals who advertise that they can change results or sell leaked examination papers.
The absence of such services be they true or false will help sanitize the system and compel students to prepare for their examination. There are already groups on social media in Ghana for example where administrators are promising to sell leaked examination questions. These groups on Facebook should be investigated and owners picked up by the police.