"Miss M, how are the answers arrange?" asked one pupil. "Is it AA or BB or ABAB?"
It took Miss M a few seconds to understand the child's question.
The pupils didn't need to read or understand the questions. They just followed the given format.
Because many private schools in Nigeria fire teachers when their students fail. Even when there's proof that the student has learning difficulties, isn't old enough or ready for that class or needs extra attention.
Parents pay huge sums in these schools. To keep their customers satisfied, some private schools don't have failing grades. All pupils must be passed.
I've seen parents come to school to fight and demand teachers be fired by the school administration for daring to score their child a D.
Some of these kids don't do any sort of school work once they get home. They go from tabs, to TV, video games and parties. But teachers will lose their jobs if they fail.
I once paired a Pry 4 pupil with a classmate for a class project. This girl looked me in the face and said, "Miss E, I don't want any fucking partner!"
But with that child, in that school, I had to cajole and beg. With kids like her, you need extra patience. She's just a reflection of home.
This boy already had issues in school. A phone wasn't a priority. He did poorly. He still got the phone.
"My daddy/mummy said you should take this and do all my assignments for the session."
In this economy, very few teachers and school Admin have the gumption to say no.
If not, you wait for the holidays and parents will pay for summer classes so they can learn what they should already know.
The rest bribe school inspectors so they can keep their accreditation (this one is a whole other thread), demand that teachers take money from parents and ensure their wards don't fail,
Parents literally offer you money to help a child with their First School Leaving Certificate exams!
Add the words "international", "British/American curriculum", "government approved", and a billboard with pupils of mixed races and voilà!
Occasionally, you'll find, "Please Sir/Ma, help me pass," in a script.
A child could be bright but a teacher will give them a fail grade because, "his mother/father doesn't drop something."