The West African Examination Council has organised a training for over 400 secondary school teachers from public schools in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.
The training focused on how to improve teaching and learning in these schools.
Speaking at the opening of the training, jointly organised by WAEC and the FCT
Education Secretariat, Charles Eguridu, the head of national office, WAEC, said the Council was concerned about the poor performance of candidates in West African Senior School Certificate Examination.
Eguridu said an in-depth research revealed a number of factors responsible for the worrisome trend.
Patrick Areghian, deputy registrar, who represented Eguridu, said there has been a gap in the interpretation of the curriculum with relation to the examination syllabus.
He explained that an inappropriate implementation of the syllabus was another reason why candidates performed woefully in the Council’s examinations.
“Rarely do teachers cover the syllabus, whereas, the WAEC, for example, sets questions on all aspects of the syllabus. This, no doubt, puts candidates at a great disadvantage,” he said.
He stressed that the training was designed to highlight the evil of examination malpractice, avoid or curb it as well as maintain the validity and reliability of WAEC
examinations and up-hold the integrity of certificates awarded.
He said the training was intended to correct the imbalance and enhance the quality of teaching and learning in schools and the performance of candidates.
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