By Gid Ahanonu
An educationist and proprietor of St Paul’s Boys International Secondary School, Owerri Rev. Father Dr Augustine Ihedinma has advocated the adoption of the five-year secondary school curriculum for students to perform better in the West African examination Council (WAEC) examinations.
Speaking to journalist in Owerri on the secret of the school’s spectacular academic and infrastructure excellence, Rev father Ihedinma who studied and lived in the Britain for long, said he borrowed a leaf from the university system in UK to run the school on taking over the administration in 2009 adding that the outcome had been tremendous.
According to him he introduced SSI, SS2, SS3, SS4 and went on to introducing qualifying examinations for the senior and junior secondary students, explaining that those who pass the examinations are allowed to sit for the junior and Senior WAEC examinations.
According to him, he changed the school curriculum to a five-year programme in order to sharpen the students to pass the WAEC exam from class five while the less bright ones will for six years or more before writing the WAEC examinations, reiterating that the arrangement is yielding goal results as, according to him, the institution is recording 100% success in WAEC exams with most having six Alphas and above.
He therefore blamed the faking standard in education in Nigeria to poor national curriculum pointing out that it is wrong to have the same educational curriculum for the entire country.
“Politics should not be a yardstick in dressing curriculum because the end result will be poor standard”, Fr. Ihedinma posited.