State of Education: Here's why Nigerian students cram for exams
Odufuwa says Nigerian students cram and they walk away without understanding anything.
The Chancellor of Southwestern University, Mr Babatunde Odufuwa has explained why Nigerian students cram for examinations.
Odufuwa who is also the CEO of Lagos City Computer College in an interview with the Punch said students take too many courses in Nigerian tertiary institutions and that is why most of them prefer to cram.
He said, ''If you look at children taking the senior secondary certificate examinations, you will notice that most of them sit for between eight to ten subjects. When they get to tertiary institutions, they will also do nothing less than ten courses as well. This is not so in other countries because the maximum a student can take is about 18 hours and if they are exceptionally brilliant, then they can get special approval to take 21 hours which will not be more than five or six courses. In Nigeria, students take 10 to 11 courses and that is why they often cram things.
''When students cram, they walk away without understanding anything. In developed countries, if you are taking four to five courses, there will be assignments or impromptu tests different from the regular tests. Then, your final exam could just be on the last chapter you treated in the class. In other words, they don’t rely only on the examinations to grade you. They ensure that the students fully understand the concept of what is taught in class. That is why they tend to be more creative than we are in Nigeria''.
UK varsity says Nigerian students use alcohol to study for exams
However, in January 2018, Brunel University, London after conducting a research about Nigerian university students reports that Nigerian students use alcohol to study during exams.
The report says female students at Nigerian universities frequently take liquor before exams because they believe it helps boost their memory.
Brunel University in its report also says apart from taking liquor for exam purposes, Nigerian university students also take alcoholic drinks before presenting papers to ease their nerves