There is an adage that says those who failed to plan are planning to fail. The Joint Admission And Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced the release of the results of the exam of the board two days ago. Students who sat for the exam have started checking their results in preparation for admission into tertiary institutions.
So far, majority of those who have checked their results have lamented about mass failure in the exam.
In large part, the examination board is not culpable for these failures. This can be traced to three key reasons.
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1. Laziness on the part of the students.
The president may not be far from the truth when he referred to this present generation of the young ones as lazy youths. Those who witnessed the conducts of the students during the exam would attest to this fact.
They were largely unserious with huge headsets and big phones on them when they came to the exam venues. Their lack of preparation was palpable.
Especially the male ones. Their focus and the object of discussion was internet crime otherwise known as Yahoo.
The youths have shifted the focus from what it used to be.
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2. Lack of preparedness.
The only gadget the young ones these days know how to operate is a mobile phone.
Gone were those days when a student would be sent to a computer learning centre after their secondary school leaving certificate examination. But these days, the only thing they crave is the freedom to operate their mobile phones to do irrelevant things online.
Most of them did not know how to operate the systems at the computer-based test centre otherwise known as CBT centres. They got there dazed, and it was very late when reality hit them.
Otherwise, how would a candidate score 4 marks out of 400? That is 1% of the total marks.
Even if the board lower their conventional standards of 180 cutoff marks, only a few serious candidates would be able to secure admissions into the university and other higher institutions.
3. Faults of the modern day's parents.
Another obvious thing that was observed at the exam centres was the way the parents now handle their children. Some were almost trying to follow them into the examination halls. Indications that the children have not been properly prepared for the task.
JAMB dealt them a brutal blow when the so-called "miracle centres" were all cancelled.
Until we start addressing certain things in society, we will keep blaming the wrong people for our undoings.
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