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Why Do Nigerian Students Fail Jamb Exams?

It's often said that when the cause of a problem is known, the issue is half solved. I would like us to discuss for the benefit of all and particularly, the Jamb candidates - the subject "why do Nigerian students fail Jamb exams?". Please kindly make your voice heard as this may save a soul.

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Last year the JAMP cost amounted to 4500 naira. Plus they had to pay 500 naira for the book called “The Last Days at Forcados High School”. All the tests were carried out on computers. For 2016/2017 JAMP would be conducted only in the CBT manner. February 29 to March 14, 2016 are the dates set for it. So, why do people fail exams and do poorly on them? It seems like the entire educational system of the country is failing. Thus, students’ failure at exams is only the red flag, the indicator of the greater happening. Unless that problem would be fixed on government and local levels, Nigerian young people would keep on failing JAMP and other exams.

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I live as an example. There's no topic in any of chemistry, Physics, Biology you'll ask me to treat and I give you an excuse. And English Language is just where my distinction is everywhere I go. But, for more than five years I've been writting JAMB even till next year. We read madly. Fast guys know centers with less security and know how to change their centers to suit. Others know invigilators who accept money from them in the centers and make supervisors not know when questions are leaked. JAMB has in itself made it such that after setting questions they know are very technical still want to assume that a student in that category can score upto 300. Besides, since JAMB places her centers in places unknown to her save that they have approved them, it is only one who is not an indigen of the place he is slated to take the exam that usually must smell their anus. All I'm saying is that the whole problem is JAMB'S half-hearted-ness and students' drive to claim high levels above others coupled with the pressure they receive from parents/sponsors who want to stop at only two times registration, and the mentality tertiary institutions have got overnight that the best avenue for making money from parents/guardians on student's behalf is the faking to give them admission. If JAMB steps down to a standard they in their human consciousness know that secondary schools leavers can cope, if students will be true to use just their brains to secure admission, if parents will relax and let their children do just their best, if schools will genuinely want to give genuine admission, many will still fail JAMB and schools will still have good enough students (there will be no need for aptitude test even [lecturers make great money out of it] as JAMB is trusted), and all school destined students will definitely get admission. God bless Nigeria!

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jamb will alwayz continue to jam people not until they wisen up.

#FACTS

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Jamb was never meant to be an easy exam.

It was designed to get the best into the Uni. so JAMB has always been difficult and failure high even when students were not as lazy as they are now and runs avenue a lot less than we have now even in NL

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Why so much emphasis on "failing"? What of positive part of it? Turn the question around and ask also why people pass jamb?

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jamb dosen't mark correctly,,reason last year two my pal were sent answers in an exam hall and they wrote the same thing but one had 217 and the other had 238 why?, ok this year two friends wrote same thing ina hall the only difference was one question they disaggreased upon son dat ws there only differnce but one got 283 and the other 265what a gap therefore jamb is the cause of the failures

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Thanks all. I hope the JAMB/UTME exams candidates will learn from the posts and make amendments. Wish you all the best in your exams come Saturday

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students are failing jamb exams because they seem to be less focused on their studies.

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Many Jamb candidates believe in "runs" and this has made it impossible for them to put in enough effort in preparation for the "almighty jamb exam"

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Since when did JAMB become a pass or fail exam? Actually the exam is structured in such a way that onlly a small fraction of students would be able to attain  excellent scores. The exams are purposely fashioned to be challenging.

This is because of the huge disparity between the number of candidates and available public universities. Demand far exceeds supply. Hence the board can afford to be very strict in their marking schemes, set tough questions and yet still have enough candidates that would be able meet the requirements of the universities.

It cannot be used as a yardstick to evaluate the standard of education in the country in general. There are lots of candidates that perform poorly in JAMB yet do very well in exams such as GRE, SATS and A levels

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What person don't prepare for it can be done well,am not talking of ruins because some bliev in ruins.some months back i bought a book from a guy.How you can power ur brain and concker resiting 4 an exams every year.my guy dat book helps me a lot i gave it to so many people and they later came back and thank me for what i gave them,He sold it 2 me #3,000 then,i can still remeber the guy email (Godblessdipo@gmail.com)if u need his product mail him he will send u details.

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people saying the students failing Jamb are not serious or don't read are very wrong because most of the people passing Jamb now is by cheating, you will hardly see 10% pass without cheating , and I will advise you people that want to write Jamb to follow the cheating way and get what you have to do done at once cos whoever doesn't know how his/her mates make it will not get to where his/her mates are on time. All these problems is our leaders and neither me or you can solve the problem, and the other problem we have is that we are over-civilized so lets take it the way it is and follow fast way.i hope you dey feel me , just to ginger your swagger lol

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As long as students no won read nw so dem go dey fail jamb always

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is becasue they paid no attention to all their studys like illetrate

LOL@ Ghredon. From your above comment, seems like you paid perfect attention to your own 'studies' like the 'literate' you are. Good job.

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They are not serious with book reading why?

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cuz Nigeria is a Zap.e.d up country

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You still have to meet the cut-off point to the programs you applied to.

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how can they pass when they go to classes with i-pods?

they will continue to fail until parents will understand that schools can not handle all it takes to train a child.

Parents never have time for them, they will keep spending their money.

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scrap JAMB, Scrap Ministry of Eduction, Then lets go back to the drawing board and see what we can do for our selves , Education is crap in nigeria most of this failing of Jamb and neco is still a cycle of looting of ministry funds, God dey see una

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B/cos they don't read their books and we parents are not helping matters.

When parents wld promise their child that they wld do anything to help them get admission.

some pay pple to write exam for their kids or even pay invigilators to look the other way when their ward is cheating.

Pathetic uuhh

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You guys should visit this thread and see what our youths are seeking for http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-414513.0.html

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Every one ain't opportuned to have parents who carter for them like you, sweetheart. You need to travel round Naija and see what I'm talking about. . .the will is there to pass the exams but the time for preparation is TINY.

Lol, I just added that for fun. I actually meant other works too. . .students work to help their parents, and have little time to prepare for the exams.

Besides, the markers of this exam are not to be trusted~!

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@ all, how many of those who took JAMB from 1995 to date and passed it can actually say truthfully that they took the exam sincerely? Let's be truthful to ourselves, how many of you did not use Expo, did not see the questions before the exam, did not ask questions from fellow students during the exam, did not spy from a fellow students work, did not use phones(after phone came out) or have other people write the exams on their behalf? If you did any of these then you didn't pass JAMB truthfully so let's stop deceiving ourselves with the "I passed" when you had to cheat to pass. The sooner we see the truthful picture of things and stop deceiving ourselves with unduly hard questions that only the people who cheat can pass, we'll continue to have students in the Universities who have no business being there and all the honest and intelligent students will find their way to Ghanaian Universities where they'll be very much welcome, To the handful of you who sincerely passed without cheating, kudos to you,

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The reasons are many. Students no more study, they look for easy way out (cheating); JAMB wants to make more money so they structure the exam in a way the looks difficult for the unserious students; Parents also encourage their wards to cheat by trying to buy exam questions and use machineries thereby encouraging laziness on the part of their wards. Finally, some of the teachers are not supposed to be in the classrooms because many of they do not even understand what they are teaching the students (most of them (the teachers) will even fail JAMB if they sit for it).

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"Why do Nigerian Students Fail Jamb Exams?"

Do students from other countries write JAMB?

Your question assumes  Nigerian Students, in particular, have a very high failure rate at JAMB, compared to Students from other countries?

Probably not what you mean.

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1. Fear Factor: this has made many fail jamb.

2. don't know what to name it: how would one feel when he burned his midnight candle and a friend of his went d apian way? Results are out and he realises he did not make it but d friend made it.

Some students are to blame too.

Another factor is the rot in d educational system.

There's this saying that goes thus: "who read, na im know book, who pass, na im b scholar so follow person wee know road"

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jambites shouldn't av dat mindset dat jamb is hard, jamb isn't hard, i guess d problem is jus d markin scheme nd d way they score students, apart from dat, ur choice of universities also matas, i av written two exams nd i failed none, but still yet to gain admission. i rememba wen i was in secondary skul during exams period, if 85% of dem pupils fail a particular subject they eida call d teacher to book or they change him, d best thing for dem to do bout jamb is to scrap it, in jamb, no b d person wey kno book dey pass, na person wey kno im way dey pass same goes for admission processin, the individual uni shuld jus sell application forms nd den conduct entrance examinations or interviews, den u'l b liable to get application forms for diffferent skul, at least u'l be accepted in one

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jamb hmmm!lets not blame the student,the problem is from d top,imagine d presidency how messed up it is.back 2 education as a whole ministry of education is based on man-no-man,down 2 jamb they dont really care about d students dat is writing d exams infact they are happy about d high populatn.why wont they fail when d chairman has 20 relatives dat must pass,d cordinators,b4 u no 250thou people in 500thou are sure 2 get admited.na wao!!!

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@Redmann

Thanks for your write-up, good to see people saying it the way it is.

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Bc many students have turn 2 fraudster. Go cybers in naija u will see students sending scam mails instead of being in school learning. Many depends on expo. Why wont they fail?

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Are you trying to say we do not have intelligent police officers? are you generalizing because of those you see taking 20 naira on the roads. My parents only went to primary school during there time and trust me they will give the youths of these days a run for their money when it comes to English language.

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I totally disagree with the idea that students who fail JAMB are lazy or dull.  JAMB is an exam where the cut off mark is determined by the scores obtained.  While those students who are true to themselves, (and as such obtain scores which should actually be used in setting the cut off mark) are ridiculed,   scores obtained by one form of cheating or the other are used as a bench mark to set the cut off mark. This gives the impression that these students, who actually read and perform to the best of their capabilities, are lazy.  Let's take a step back and check ourselves, students do not set out to fail.  The failure or inability of students who put in hard work in order to meet up with the false standards set by JAMB (as a result of cut off marks that are set with falsely obtained scores) can whole be traced back to the poor level of education in the country.  It is simply a reflection, a ripple effect of the total failure of our educational system.  The fact that schools can no longer keep the attention of our students is a problem that we need to address.  Education can be just as interesting as the Premier League, Championships, Music etc.  Totally blaming the educational system too will be a failure on my part.  The success or failure of a child can usually be traced back to the home,

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JAMB is as hard as you make it or see it.

First: Study hard and be prepared for the questions

Two: Know the technique to answer JAMB questions.

In the sciences such as Chemistry and physics, the first few pages are filled with calculations where as the last pages are straight answer questions. If you are not aware, you will start from the begining wasting time on calculation you can solve ordinarily because you are nervous.

But if you answer the straightforward questions first, you would have could down and gained some time before coming to the calc. part. BTW if biology is part of your subjects, run through it before going to chemistry and physics. You will sure get more than half the time saved for chemistry and physics.

JAMB is not hard we make it appear hard.

JAMB ENGLISH - use ISLET technique in the reading and comprehension part which wastes most of the time.  Read your questions first before answering.

Finally forget about runs because most of the runs men do not know anything.

I know someone who cannot speak good english and still she does runs for people in JAMB and waec. How do you expect them to pass?

I think in Maths you are graded based on the number of questions you answered correct. If you can answer 30 questions out 50 for instance and get them all correct, you will get a high mark. A friend scored a very high mark that was not commensurate with the number of questions he answered.

I am not sure how they do the math stuff anyway.

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SEUN,I BEG TO DISAGREE WITH U.DID U SEE THE REPORT ON D LAST NECO RESULT?98.2% COULD NOT MAKE 5 CREDIT(MATHS & ENGLISH INCLUSIVE).PLS VISIT ANY HIGHER INSTITUTION IN NIGERIA & INTERACT WITH THE STUDENT,U WILL BE DAZED.I WAS IN ABRAKA OVER THE WEEK FOR THEIR MATRIC.GUESS WHAT, SOME "JAMBITE"

COULD NOT MENTION 5 COUNTRIES IN AFRICA.ITS THAT BAD.

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lol ^^ what has Yaradua got to do with it? The simple fact that he's the prez.?

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POOR SCORES IN JAMB OR ANY OF SUCH EXAMS IS DUE TO MENTAL LAZINESS.SIMPLY PUT WE DON`T READ AND OR STUDY ANY MORE.HOW MANY TIMES HAVE U SEEN SOME PPLE`S COMMENT ON THIS FORUM THAT "THE POST IS TOO LONG I CAN`T(COULDN`T) READ IT"THE PROLIFERATION OF SATELITE STATIONS(24HRS TV),INTERNET, PHONES & EVEN FOREIGN FOOTBALL FOLLOWERSHIP HAS GREATLY REDUCE THE TIME & ZEAL FOR ACADEMIC WORK.(AM NOT SAYING THE ABOVE MENTIONED ARE BAD).

ALSO NOT FORGETING THE FACT THAT THE SOCIETY IN GENERAL DOES NOT ENCOURAGE ACADEMIC WORK(ECONOMIC PURSUIT).

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JAMB is a failed test. Like someone mentioned above, I know students who passed WAEC, NECO and A'LEVELS(which is very hard) yet fail JAMB. I think it should be scrapped and Universities should use their own admission criteria. So many people have been JAMB victims for too long. I remember when a guy wailing about how it was his 8th time writing JAMB that isnt right, we have to get our young people into University because the youths of today are the leaders of tomorrow.

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JAMB is not a pass/fail exam, it's a cutoff exam. Students 'fail' because the university slots available aren't enough to go round. The solution is to encourage the setting up of more private universities. Case closed.

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Kids of this generation are not ready to study.

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If people fail that much over a very long period of time, then, the JAMB itself should be questioned. Personally, I feel Jamb is not a true test of knowledge. People who read hard for it fail or pass by a little over 200 and those who pass even to over 300 have been proved to know nothing when they get to universities. Have you ever wondered how someone who passed WAEC with good grades fail JAMB and yet, they pass SAT, TOEFL, A-LEVELS (ok, that was going overboard) ? My sugestion is scrap JAMB. OR, let it be proctered and handled by prometrics for example. OR better yet, let the universities set a form of entrance exams for the students. Some universities( not sure of now) do not even trust the Jamb results themselves.

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is becasue they paid no attention to all their studys like illetrate

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students only fail jamb.but jamb has failed more than a generation of people.if not,tell me the main reason for jamb in the first place.and tell me a country where such exists.JAMB--a political tool.

look at the 'bigger' picture

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I think your question is wrong. Do you want to tell me that all the students fail the exam. The issue is that you focus on those that didn't reach up to the required mark. No one fails jamb exam. It all depends on the cut off mark of the school in which one is seeking for admission.

I'm tired of hearing those statements. If your own generation are all law abiding citizens, why does the country still in a ruin. Or is it also manage by kids?

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The thing too hard jo!

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Don't mind the kids of this generation and i am seriously praying that Jamb also goes with the NECO option in monitoring exams. During our time it was a great honor to pass your exams with your personal effort.

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many student are nt ready 2 read,they believe in fake ruins.i posted UTME seminar some weeks ago they were asking rubish cos they've paid 4 fake ruins

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Thank God i did not fail jamb when i took it back in 2004.

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