The Oasis Reporters
January 13, 2022
A university lecturer weeps…each year, students are admitted into the institution he lectures in, with impressively high grades.
But test the freshers and observe shocking substances that make you wonder how colourful results belie empty brains.
So he writes (albeit anonymously):
Dear Secondary school teachers and school owners, please, help the students and the public by ensuring that students in your school write examinations by themselves and merit the grades they brandish on their Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) results.
We are simply fed up of seeing students with A1 in Mathematics, yet they cannot resolve the smallest of fractions. A student with distinctions in Physics and chemistry but knows next to nothing about chemical reactions or energy conversion.
I had to ask some year 1 students to look for a tutorial teacher to help them with JS 3 and SS1 mathematics yesterday. The entire 16 of them in my Engineering class with excellent SSCE results are visibly confused at the sight of any arithmetical work. Their last semester performance betrayed the several A1s and B3s on the West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) certificates they brandish about.
These students you help to acquire grades they can not defend, are usually frustrated in the ivory tower.
Save them a voyage of pain and regrets in the future by ensuring that they are well tutored and allowed to prepare and write their examinations unaided.