A university lecturer, Prof. Jack
Aigbodioh, has attributed the
ma. ss failure of candidates in
West Africa Examination Council
(WAEC) and other external
examinations to poor funding of
The professor of Philosophy at
the Ambrose Alli University
(AAU), Ekpoma in Edo made his
views known in an interview with
the News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN) in Ekpoma.
He also blamed the lack of
facilities, in-conducive learning
environment and unqualified
teachers in public schools in the
country as largely responsible for
the poor results by the candidates
in public examinations.
According to Aigbodioh, who is
also the Director of General
Studies of the university,
government funding of secondary
education is not commensurate
with the population of children in
“I am personally not surprise that
the students continue to suffer
the way they are going. We are
not taking education seriously in
this country.
“Explosion of child population in
this country is not matched with
adequate financial and facility
“If we are to get things right,
government must first of all carry
out proper population census of
children in school and allocate
appropriate resources
“The next in line is to ensure
teachers recruited to teach in
primary and in the secondary
schools, especially public schools
are qualified to do so.
“As government must work to
improve learning and teaching
facilities in these schools, they
must also ensure proper
remuneration of the teachers.
“I stress on remuneration
because when poorly paid, these
teachers, to survive, engage
themselves in something else to
augment what they are been
“By so doing, when this happens,
possibility of giving their best is
out of the question,” he said.
Aigbodioh also said that “if
corruption persists with the way it
is going and we continue to spend
money on irrelevant things, I do
not see hope for the Nigeria
child.” (NAN)