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Opinion: Why First-Class Graduate May Not Be First-Class Package

Following the recent trend of Nigerian Universities on graduating with First-Class in various institution, it brings about the topic which says “Not all first class are first class package”, which means not all first class student are really first class product.

“The growing trend of the students getting a first-class certificate for their academic excellence in our various universities has drawn the angst of some concerned individuals in the society recently. Based on the number of reports I have read on this particular issue online and in the newspapers, I could see that the issue in question is laced with divided opinions.”

“Some consider it ideal because having access to modern gadgets like laptop and smartphones to source information online by some serious students play a crucial role in the achievement of such an enviable feat. Others are averse to the overt impression of the first, as dolling of grades by some lecturers can easily be manipulated because in the 70’s and 80’s getting it was not as common as nowadays. Truly, both points are tenable”.

“The system of grading first class differs from university to university all over the world. Take for instance, in the United Kingdom, their first-class starts from 3.70 – 4.00. In Ethiopia, it starts from 4.4 – 5.0, and their second-class upper division starts from 3.60 – 4.39. In Nigeria, the University of Ibadan uses between 6.0 -7.0 as its first-class grade while some other universities use 4.50 – 5.00 for it.”

“All over the world, a first-class result denotes an excellent quality as negates a terrible one. The figures presented above show the degree of intelligent quotient of whoever has it. Those figures are pointing to the fact that the owner will be perfectly fit in his or her area of specialisation and anticipatorily, handling such areas will yield positive results. This is why every labour market beams its searchlight on those types of people before they consider any other people who have second class upper division.”

“Everyone in society, especially parents, and scholarship organisations will demand a Cumulative Grade Point Average (C.G.P.A) figure first. It matters to them most, rather than what the career of a high figure has in the brain (in terms of approach to solving problems). If that is the case, first class is very easy with the tactics below, aside from examination malpractice.”

“As an undergraduate, I am well connected with this article and this opens more cryptic information for me, which may be hidden to society. There is a tactic called “back to sender” or “la cram”, “la pour”; they are an expression that interests the semanticists. Only Nigerian students and lecturers can understand it; an outsider cannot. It means cramming of notes taken in class, word for word for Continuous Assessment (CA) test or examination and everything crammed before an exam will then be written down in the examination hall.”

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“After the examinations just ask some of those who fall to that category a minute after examination you will see that, they will not be able to remember again. And axiomatically, such type of students will get a good grade when results are finally released Why? Because the tactics make it easier for the lecturers who do not have time to read other people’s ideas because of the bundle of unmarked answer scripts before them.”

“A 400-level student once told me that the common phrase of one of their lecturers is ” if you don’t know it, cram it” whenever he dictates notes to them and does not know how to explain it. Professor Alabi, a phonology lecturer, and professor S.T Babatunde, a syntactic lecturer, at University of Ilorin do urge us not to cram or take jotting as our priority; rather we should understand what we are being taught, by that, we will be able to form our note out of it.”

“In August this year, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education in Rivers State asked its first-class graduating students to write a qualifying exam to prove that they truly merited the certificate awarded to them and that decision beleaguered the school with a lot of criticisms from the concerned students. Why should they need to worry over the exam they were asked to write if truly they are first-class products?”

“When the spokesman for the institution, Ngozi Okiridu, was questioned on such a decision, he said the action followed several complaints from the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) that the first-class graduates of the institution perform poorly during the compulsory one-year programme.”

“The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Isiaq Oloyede once said undue emphasis on certificates is fuelling examination malpractice while delivering a lecture at Ado-Ekiti in October 2021. Nobody is insinuating that all first-class graduates get their results through that means but I can assure you, if you see real first-class products you will surely know, they are not the spurious ones.”

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