The declining standard of education in Nigeria has obviously become a source of worry for the government, parents and other stakeholders in the sector. The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) recently announced that a large chunk of those who registered for the Senior School Certificate Examinations last year could not make credit passes in English Language and Mathematics. Street Journal’s investigations also revealed that it was only last year that Ghana did not go home with the overall best prize in WAEC examinations. Coincidentally, Ghana did not enter for the exam then. Street Journal found out that in the last five editions before then, the overall best candidates in the regional examination came from Ghana.
That the quality of English language being spoken in Nigeria has worsened over the years is very obvious and it played itself out in Lagos during the Police recruitment exercise recently. The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Yakubu Alkali disqualified a graduate of English Language for speaking bad English and failing to spell words correctly. Incidentally, the applicant claimed to have graduated with a Second Class (Upper Division) grade. The Commissioner particularly took interest in the applicant because of the good grade. He however became disappointed when the applicant started answering questions in badly coordinated tenses. The Commissioner could not hide his surprise when the candidate failed to spell the word “encounter” correctly.
The CP who was visibly dismayed at the performance of some of the candidates wondered how some of them were awarded degrees by the institutions they attended. He has also resolved to personally screen entrants into the police force.
Meanwhile, a number of applicants have also been arrested for falsification of results. The arrests were confirmed by the Police PRO in the state, Samuel Jinadu, though he did not give an exact figure.