This is a big lesson for Nigeria and an urgent call to quickly attend to issues that affect the Nigeria’s education curriculum. FOR the fourth time in a row, Ghana has won the diadem for the best performance in the May/June Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination conducted by the West African Examinations Council.
This development further confirms the downward trend in Nigeria’s education system and the need for the government and other stakeholders to rapidly wade into this matter to proffer solution and cover any possible loop holes.
At the council’s 64th annual meeting in Accra, Ghana in March 2016, Jessica Quaye was announced as the candidate with the best result in the 2015 SSCE. The second prize winner was Ruth Awadzi, while Daniella Amo-Mensah picked the third prize. All of them are from Ghana. Interestingly, the three maidens came from Wesley Girl’s High School, Cape Coast, Ghana.
These brilliant youngsters were among the 1,883,775 candidates that sat for the examination from WAEC-member countries comprising: The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. In 2014, the trio of Mickail Hasan, Blaykyi Kenyah and Henry Enninful had also achieved a Ghanaian treble, an unbroken streak of dominance since 2012.
What could have given Ghana the edge over Nigeria? Maybe due to the fact that its education is stable and quality-oriented. In 2010 it restricted the trend in examination cheating by publicly exposing the cheats, a development that passed warning signals to students that success only come by a dint of hard work.
The story is different in Nigeria, despite the fact that cheating is prohibited in examinations, many parents encourage their children to cheat; and those caught are let off the hook. al barred 3,321 Nigerian candidates from taking its examination for two years over malpractices; delisted 133 schools for the same offence, while 118 principals were blacklisted.
Source: The Punch