More students pass WAEC in Kaduna

kaduna-students-Thwaec-logo.gife Director of Education Quality Assurance Board in Kaduna State, Elizabeth Garba, said the percentage of students who passed WAEC examination in the state has risen to 44 per cent.

Mr. Garba said on Wednesday in Kaduna that the state came first in the Northern states.

She said the board was established by the state government to raise literacy level of students, which had been very low in spite of huge investment in the sector.

“The performance of learners is a concern to the Ministry of Education and the state government.

“As at 2010, the performance of Kaduna state was four per cent, in 2011, it was 10 per cent, as at 2012, it has really risen to 44 per cent.

“This shows an improvement, and with this result, Kaduna state came first in all the northern states in the WAEC examination,’’ the director said.

According to her, since the establishment of the board, the state has constituted compulsory self evaluation practises in all schools below tertiary level.

She said the schools were being evaluated and screened before getting full accreditation that would qualify them to present candidates for external examination.

Garba said the measures would improve the quality of education and students performance; and discourage malpractice during examination.

The director said that the board was also responsible for the evaluation and re-accreditation of schools at least once in every three years.

According to her, the board is to equally ensure the maintenance of quality and standard as well as establish a system to deal with poor performing schools.

She said the ministry recently held a meeting on “Dissemination of Information on Quality Assurance” to enlighten education stakeholders on the board’s operational framework and law.

“We have put in place operational framework and the law which gives us legal backing to go into any school below tertiary level and evaluate its quality of learning,’’ she said.

The director said the board had discovered 18, 231 under-qualified primary school teachers, who were given five years within which to obtain the NCE certificate.

“We have now given those teachers time, those that have Teachers Grade II, to upgrade their qualifications to NCE, which is the minimum qualification for teaching in primary school,’’ she said.

The director reiterated the commitment of the state government to transform the education sector, and advised parents and teachers to also perform their roles in enhancing the development of the sector.

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