Following the poor performance of candidates at this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME), a Nigerian man on Facebook has cried out blaming the students for being unserious. In his post, Israel Oluwagbemiro Thomas said: “At times, we need to look at issues holistically, let’s be sincere with ourselves, the calibre of students who wrote this year’s UTME aren’t serious.
For once let’s tell the students the truth, education is deteriorating amidst these students, everything isn’t about profit making. Students that don’t listen in class, students that are engraved in hook ups, and many other things that don’t enhance learning. How do you expect them to pass”….
Nigerian parents on the other hand have decried the low scores scored by most candidates at the examination. Some candidates and parents who spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Bwari, Abuja, expressed their displeasure.
Mr Badmus Owolabi, a parent, said that it was important for the examination body to address the situation while noting that most of the results were unfavourable for the candidates.
He said: “I have been following up on this JAMB thing because I have two candidates from my house and it is no coincidence that both of them had low marks.
“I assure you, they are both intellectually sound. It is not possible that with all the extra lessons they participated in, of which I personally supervised, they came out with such low points.
“As far as I’m concerned, this is just what JAMB chose to give them.”
Owolabi also urged the board to consider both parents and candidates’ plight in its process of examination while adding that the entire process this year was too tedious
Another parent, Mrs Grace Moses, said that the results did not reflect the true performance of the UTME candidates.
According to her, the board should at least review the results already released as candidates had already experienced too much hitches throughout this year’s process.
“From the registration to the point of checking, the results have been full of hitches.
“The best they can do is to ensure most candidates score highly and also gain admission. Enough of the stress,” Moses said.
However, another candidate, Millicent Andrew said that she scored an average of 187 and was happy because she was sure to make the cut-off mark when decided by the board.
On one hand is a Nigerian who feels the students are not serious, on the other hand we have some parents who believe the performance of their children does not reflect their results. What do you think?