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2010-06-05:Poverty, cause of mass failure in NECO exams -VC

The Vice Chancellor of the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Prof Sidi Osho, on Thursday attributed the mass failure in secondary school certificate examinations in recent times to poverty.

Osho, who spoke at the first annual lecture of the Department of Home Economics and Food Science at the University of Ilorin, also stated that poverty negatively affects children‘s academic success.

The VC, who spoke on the topic: ”Effects of the Economy and National Development on Nigerian Homes,” called on Nigerian leaders to develop a compelling vision that would create a sense of purpose in the citizenry.

She stated that the mass failure experienced in the National Examinations Council and West African Examination Council‘s examinations in the country, could be traced to many factors among which were poverty, poorly conceived and poorly executed policies on education.

The VC argued that as a result of poverty in the country, many children went to bed hungry and therefore were easily irritated, which potentially affected their concentration on studies.

According to her, ”Nigerians have low life expectancy, poor management of health matters and increase in drug and crime rates, poor eating habits, bad nutrition due to poverty. Poverty has contributed to broken marriages, instability in the home, mental illness, prostitution, human trafficking and many other social vices.”

She explained that the level of poverty in Nigerian homes had brought about a chain reaction, adding that 57 per cent of the Nigerian population lived on less than $1 per day with worsening poverty level.

The VC called for the adoption of people-oriented and pro-poor social policies, investment in rural areas and in agriculture, provision of non-interruptible electricity for cottage industries, adding that this would go a long way in reducing poverty in the country.

Source:The Punch

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