Mass failure is no more news to our ears, despite the number of exam success tips out there, we hear of it almost every day. When examination results are being released, massive failure follows. The question now is ‘what are the responsible factors for the massive failure in examination?’ Students, parents, government, the school and other people are responsible for the high rate of failure in an examination. Thus, all the bodies responsible for the educational sector need to be reviewed. There is need for students to change their attitude towards their studies and all other factors affecting their success need to be dealt with. No stone should be left unturned when curbing the massive failure rate among students. Here is a well written piece on How To Prepare Yourself For Final Exams – 5 Smart Ways
Three major sets of people; students, parents and the examiners are responsible for success or failure of examination.
Students: Students particularly, are the subjects that are mostly concerned with mass failure. There are some factors that limit their success. These factors range from psychological instability, financial incapability, lackadaisical/nonchalant attitudes and distractions. Psychological problems can sometimes be overwhelming and interfere with student’s academic performance, thereby limiting the rate at which they study or assimilate what is taught. This makes student perform poorly in both internal and external examinations. For example, a student who loses a loved one will be affected in his studies, especially when examination is fast approaching.
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Also, when a student is not capable of providing for his financial needs or when there is no money to buy text books and other reading materials, failure might set in. Students find it difficult to concentrate in classes when they are hungry. Some spend most of the periods in school to engage in part-time jobs so as to cater for their needs. All these put them through lots of stress and inability to focus more on their studies.
They have less time to study, read and prepare for their examination. Another factor that causes mass failure among students nowadays is their lackadaisical and nonchalant attitude. Most of them forget the main reason they are in school or college. They neglect their books and engage in non-beneficial and unproductive activities.
They sometimes keep bad friends and are being lured to commit crimes and perpetrate evil in the school and community. Distraction in form of technology is another factor that is affecting the academic performance of youths. Social media and other forms of social networks and chat platforms with friends and family members are the major forms of distractions to many students. Most of them stay glued to their phones and laptops chatting, browsing or watching movies all day long.
Self -denial and discipline is essential for success. A student has to limit his or her extra curricula activities and shun all forms of distractions while studying. The serious ones make use of these social networks to their advantage by browsing, making researches to gain more knowledge when preparing for examinations.
Another subject to consider is the parents of these students. Parental support on success is needed for academic excellence. Brilliancy is not the only requirement needed to excel. Coupled is the provision of resources to do exploit. When the resources needed for a student to pass an examination are made readily available, the morale of such student to study will be boosted, knowing well that there is no excuse if he or she fails. It is a pity that some parents no longer care about their wards’ education; they do not inquire the welfare of their students.
Parents no longer supervise their children’s assignments because they are too busy with work and other business engagements. They wake up very early in the morning and return very late in the night when their children are fast asleep. There is no daily supervision, no time to visit schools, check and evaluate their children’s academic performance. This kind of situation is not helping matters but only aggravating the rate at which children perform in their examinations.
Parenting style is another way parents affect their children’s success. Some parents pamper and spoil their children, thus contributing to academic failure. According to an adage that says, ‘spare the rod and spoil the child’, children should be scolded and not be pampered, especially when it comes to their studies. Parents are therefore encouraged to help the future of their wards by instilling in them the attributes of being successful and exposing the disgrace attached to failure which will help them buckle up for their examinations and pass exceedingly well.
Examiners also play important roles in the grading of students. Some examiners are friendly and strictly follow the marking scheme/guide, thereby giving appropriate marks as stipulated, but some are not like that. They are sentimental and award marks based on predilection, affection or hatred for a particular student. For example, in colleges or higher institutions, lecturers throw advances at some students, particularly the female ones, and sometimes when they do not give in to those advances, they are being intimidated by the lecturer who sometimes is the same as the examiner. Some examiners and teachers are lazy and do not put in their best in teaching. Most of them found in government schools are not dedicated, they come to classes anytime they want, hardly teach the students and do not cover the curriculum.
This makes the students lag behind and they find it difficult to perform well in external exams like WAEC, NECO, NABTEB and JAMB. Some examiners, in their bid to cover their lapses and to make ends meet encourage exam Mal-practices, of which the answers are not always right, thus leading to failure. If a student fails or gets less mark in any exams, he is weak in one or more of the factors to be mentioned. Sometimes, a student studies a lot but gets less mark in exam because he may not be aware of test-taking strategies which tell him how to express his learning outcome in the best way to convince the examiner, teacher or checker to give him more marks.
Examination-taking tactics play a vital role in examination success. You should know how to give a good presentation on answer sheets with the help of headings, sub-headings, diagrams, charts, bullets and tables.
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