Why Students Fail SSSCE Mathematics


The teachers expressed concern over the yearly poor performance of students in the subject in the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE), saying that teachers had been doing their best to encourage the students.

A cross-section of teachers noted that until students braced themselves and stopped their lazy attitude, their poor performance in Mathematics might persist.

An appeal was made to parents to also encourage their children by providing the necessary textbooks needed for the subject and also supervise them to work out the subject after school hours.

Mr Akindele Ademola, a Mathematics teacher at the Ijebu-Ode Grammar School, described Mathematics as a dynamic subject that needed absolute concentration”.
Ademola noted that “if a student wants to excel in the subject, he or she must be ready to go beyond what the teacher teaches in class”.

“Most students failed the subject because of their playful attitude,” said Mr Aregbe Olaitan, a teacher at Galaxy Academy. Olaitan, who described mathematics as the simplest subject of all in the SSSCE, added that most students did not have textbooks to work with at home.

Another teacher, Mr. Ibrahim Ali, said desperation on the part of students to pass the subject without necessary preparation was a major factor for the mass failure in the subject, adding that “most students rely on examination malpractics during their exams.

Ali noted that some students also failed the subject because of their bad psychological approach to it.

Also, the quality of teachers teaching the subject was another factor affecting the performance of students in Mathematics, he said.

For majority of the student, Mathematics as a subject “is too hard to comprehend”.

Master Igbedupe Emmanuel, a Senior Secondary II student at the Ijebu-Ode Grammar School, said: “I don’t like mathematics; it takes a lot of time.
“It is difficult to understand but I work it out at home everyday to improve myself.”



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One Response to Why Students Fail SSSCE Mathematics

  1. Festus says:

    Nice one, the result for this year SSSCE was very poor government really to come into this issue cos its really getting out of hand even parents are making matters worst they don’t check on their children any more all in the name of we are in the computer age, imagine a girl of fifteen in facebook, 2go and other social network, how can she concentrate on her study and the parents always see her pressing her phone. That is why i want the government to look into it. Thanks to peculiarmagazine for bring this to our knowledge, i love this site pls keep doing your goodwork, i really need to know the true story about mercy johnson marriage issue.

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