An educationist, Mrs Oluwakemi Waniko, has blamed mass failures in English language among pupils on the lack of attention to dictation at primary school level in the country.
She said this during the quarterly Scholars Quiz /Spelling Competition for primary schools held in Ota, Ogun State.
Waniko, who said she started the quiz competition in 2013 as a National Youth Service Corps member, noted that over-reliance on modern technology had made pupils lazy and always eager to abbreviate every word.
The educationist said the competition was borne out of the desire to reduce the rate of failure in English language in the country and to save the children from the negative grip of technological advancement.
She said, “Scholars Quiz was borne out of the desire to reduce the rate of failure in English language in Nigeria, and to save the children from negative grip of technological advancement, which made them to abbreviate everything they write.
“The result is failure in public examinations, hence the need for an academic competition that can help pupils to boost their performance.
“When some of us were in the primary school, dictation was the first thing we engaged in as we entered the classroom. But these days there is nothing like that anymore. It is part of what led to mass failure in some subjects, most especially English.”
Waniko expressed dissatisfaction with the paltry budgetary allocation to education by the Federal Government, adding that no nation could develop without education.
She said the education sector ought to attract highest allocation, arguing that “an educated nation is a developed nation.”
At the end of the competition, Afizat Balogun, a pupil of Kingdom Way Schools, emerged winner, while Idowu Fopefoluwa, a pupil of Little Saints Private School and Odunjo Toluwanimi, of The Bells Nursery and Primary School, took the second and third positions respectively. They were rewarded with trophies, plaques and cash rewards, while other participating schools got certificates of participation.