Sunday, February 9, 2020

'Parents contribute to poor academic performances'

Mr Oladele Oluremi, Cross River Branch Controller of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) has blamed parents and guardians over the spate of poor academic performances of their wards in the country.

Oluremi stated this at a pre-varsity forum titled ‘Admission Processing: Laying a Solid Foundation,’ on Saturday in Calabar.

The symposium was organised by the Deeper Life Schools Outreach in collaboration with WAEC and the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

Represented by Mr Aderibigbe Adeniyi, the Head of Result and Certificate Department of the Council, Oluremi noted that many parents contributed to their children poor performances by aiding malpractice which in-turn made them lazy.

He alleged that parents pestered officials of the Council to change grades of their wards after they had written the examination and performed poorly.

“It is sad that when you go to the examination venues, you see as many parents as the number of students writing the examination.

“Many of them even stay outside with phones to send answers to their children who have smuggled phones into the examination halls.

“For you to excel, as a student preparing for an external examination, you need to be ready by reading your books and refusing to procrastinate.

“You need to read wide and deep, practice with past question papers and ensure you get appropriate instructions from the WAEC platform,” he said.