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Nigerian professor urges African universities to Abolish Exams

Emeritus Professor Olugbemiro Jegede, the Foundation Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria has called for the elimination of examination in the educational system in Africa.

Prof Jegede said the system affects the continents goal of achieving quality education, suggesting that the education system in Africa must have an inbuilt way of continuous assessment of students and build up the portfolio for effective teaching and learning.

He made the call in Accra at a three-day International Conference on Open, Distance and Electronic-Learning organised by the University of Ghana, Legon.

The conference was held under the theme: “Meeting Quality Education through Open, Distance, and Electronic-Learning”.

He called for a radical reform in Africa’s educational curriculum, stressing that university learning in Africa should be more inclusive, effective and efficient to meet the needs of society.

Prof Jegede said through my years of experience in teaching at the secondary and university levels, “I have seen that the major purpose of teaching and learning was to pass examinations”.

He said Africa’s examination afforded students with the ability to memorise facts and repeating them to meet the desires of the examiners, limiting the thought and creative abilities of the students.

Credit: GNA

October 24, 2018

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