By Masara Kim Usman
The mass failure recorded in the 2013 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examinations across the country has continued to spark debate in several quarters on reality behind the ugly trend.
While the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board, the body saddled with the responsibility of overseeing the examination has reported an over 90% case of examination malpractice, there are concerns as to the rationale for the sale of 1.7 million forms by the body for only 500, 000 available spaces for admission.
The National Assembly recently summoned the Registrar of the board to explain to it the reason for the mass failure.
This follows a recent report by a presidential committee on government agencies and parastatals which recommends the scrapping of the board.
It would be recalled that the House of Reps had passed a resolution asking JAMB not to use information communication technology for the 2013 UTME which the board agreed to make it optional. But there were still complaints by candidates  that some of them filled the manual or paper option only to find themselves being asked to write the exams using computers.
Could this be connected with the mass failure recorded in this year’s examinations? There is a need for government to commence a thorough investigation into the main cause of the mass failure with a view to correcting all available abnormalities towards securing the future of the Nigerian Child.
While the dream of emerging as one of the 20 most developed economies of the world remains top on the minds of all well-meaning Nigerians, the need for a shift in the usual ways of doing things as far as the present educational policy of the country is concerned cannot be overemphasized.
Undoubtedly, many Nigerians are already losing hope in their educational pursuits while many have had to undergo trauma management as a result of the mass failure recorded in this year’s UTME.
Government must therefore work to reposition the primary and secondary school system to meet the demands of the changing global economy while making sure that the present mistakes are not given a chance in future examinations of this nature.