Many teachers in private secondary schools in Ogun state have failed the Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) subjects they teach.
The teachers were examined recently in the respective subjects they teach at school, using the 2014 past papers of the WAEC/SSCE as the test questions.
Many of them scored below 28 percent in their own subjects.
An academician, Chief Nelson Ayodele, made this known during the 2015 edition of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) Day which was observed in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital on Tuesday.
Ayodele of the Standard Mandate, Lagos, said the shocking discovery followed an “appraisal of teachers in Private Secondary schools in Ogun state” where he was part of the team that carried out the task.
He said the revelation was based on the need to show how inefficient and ill – qualified teachers being engaged by some proprietors of private schools in the state to save cost, contributes to the steady failure of their students in external examinations.
Ayodele who spoke on “Persistent Failure in External Examinations – The Rescue Mission of Private Education Providers and its Implication for Nation Building,” advised school owners to engage competent hands as teachers.
He noted that competent teachers are expensive, but said ill – qualified teachers are more costly as the harm they could inflict on students with their poor quality teachings, may prove difficult or impossible to cure at the end.
He also identified poor reading culture among students, negligence by parents, lack of standard library among others, as factors equally responsible for the persistent mass failure in external examinations by students.
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