I participated in the invigilation of Yoruba language today in a private school in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State. The paper (objectives and theory) lasted for 3 hours and I was in the hall for the duration. I was unable to attend the three classes that fell within the time.
As I was monitoring the candidates, my mind went straight to the other students who were supposed to have classes with me. Because of the the SSCE candidates, I was unable to attend to them. That means they missed the classes.
If a subject teacher is on supervision/invigilation and misses some classes on a day, how much more will the public school teachers who invigilate everyday will miss?
Both the West African Examination Council and National Examination Council (NECO) make use of (public) school teachers as their invigilators. They recruit and deploy the teachers as ad hoc staff to invigilate exams.
The serious part of the job is that the exams may take close to 20 days as there are several subjects will be written by the candidates. And for those 20 days, the public school teachers won’t be in school. They will be busy with the invigilation.
While they are on the invigilation, the students in the public schools will be lagging behind because their teachers are away on another assignment other than the one they are paid for. Most of the time, the students choose to play or roam around because the teachers who are supposed to teach them are invigilating.
There are 20 working days in a month as far as schools are concerned. And the days will cover four weeks. The implication of using teachers as invigilators is that the concerned students will be without the subject teachers for four weeks.
Both WAEC and NECO should simply stop using teachers as invigilators. The two examination bodies should consider the interest of the students who are in school without teachers to teach them.
The bodies should remember that most of the public schools in Nigeria do not have enough teachers. And the few available ones are invigilators for WAEC and NECO.