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The Nigeria Union of Teachers has attributed the poor academic performance of students from public schools in the West African Examination Councils, WAEC to the government’s negligence in the provision of a conducive teaching-learning environment in schools across the state.
The chairman of Ogun state chapter of NUT, Abiodun Akinola, told PLATFORM TIMES in an exclusive interview, insisting that the government’s provision is a key determinant of students’ academic performance.
He noted that the government has failed to facilitate an effective and efficient learning process in the schools.
He urged Nigerians to desist from blaming the teachers who are faced with overcrowded classrooms with lack of teaching aids that are supposed to be provided by governments .
He said, “we should not shy away from our wrongdoings. The assessment of the performance of the teachers is through their hand work which is the performance of the learners.
“It is what is put in the students that they will bring out, even, when the teachers are putting up their best or trying to put out their best and they have a congested classroom, there is nothing the teachers can do.
” They will only do a little within their reach and the rest will be left to the students.
“So, where we have a very reasonable number of students under a teacher, go and assess the performance of those students and compare it with the performance of where we have a large number of students under a teacher.
“It has always been referred back to the shortage of teachers in our schools. To get quality and a well-reserved performance from our students, we must have all hands on deck with all classrooms filled with qualified trained teachers. So, teachers should not be blamed at all.
“The government, with the use of the quality assurance programme, moves around to assess the quality of education given by the teacher and to assess the performance of teachers and learners. If with that, all schools are well-staffed, they are going to perform more than expected.
“But because there is nothing they can do with the scarcity of teachers and the few numbers of teachers that are in schools. The government knows how to handle schools and they know it best as they are our employer.
“So, if there are deficits anywhere, the blame will be apportioned to the government.”
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