Blame stress, anxiety for students ‘ exams failure – Board.

Dr Terhile Uchi, the Executive Secretary, Benue Examination Board, has identified stress and anxiety as some of the major factors impeding students’ success in examinations.


Uchi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Makurdi that; most students ” already get tensed up before commencement of examinations and that; affects their memory retention”.

He said plans were underway to tackle such factors as the board planned to
“make examination less stressful by making students more relaxed during examinations”.

He explained that the board had planned to sensitize students and school managers to stress reduction mechanisms for improved examination performances by students in the state.


“Teachers, supervisors and school managers will be; made to create conducive atmosphere for students to be; relaxed before taking their examinations.”

“We will make them know that examinations are not the end in themselves but merely means to an end.

”Also let them know the value of early preparation for examinations as a mechanism for stress reduction in examination.

” We will educate students on examination ethics to enable them to prepare well ahead of examinations ,”  the executive secretary said.

He said when students prepared poorly for examinations, they resorted to other means of passing such examinations.

He, however, commended schools in the state for their relentless efforts at curbing malpractices during examinations.

Uchi said there was; remarkable improvement in the conduct of examinations across the state, adding that so far, no school in the state had been; blacklisted by the supervising authorities.

He also said that there was appreciable improvement in the performance of students in the Junior WAEC examination between 2015 and 2016, but did not give figures.