11 December 2012

Nigeria: WAEC, NECO Results Have Improved - Minister

Final year public examinations in Nigeria have slightly improved since last year, Education Minister Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa'i has said.

Rufa'i who made the statement yesterday while opening the 3rd annual National Examinations Conference in Abuja, attributed the improvement to stakeholders input.

Giving a breakdown of how the examinations have improved, Rufa'i said in 2011, 30.9% of students obtained five credits and above in Mathematics and English in WAEC examinations but in 2012, it was 39%.

She said NECO examinations have improved at 31.6% as against 8.1% of students who obtained five credits and above in Mathematics and English in 2011.

She said despite efforts by the Federal Government, more was needed at state level to address the problem of failure in public examinations.

Minister of State for Education Barrister Nyesom Wike said the summit provided another opportunity for continuous search of solutions to poor performance in public examinations.

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