APC Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, failed Mathematics in the 1961 WASSCEE, which shows that he is just like the many Nigerian students that find it hard to pass the subject, as shown by the alarming failure rates in WAEC examinations.
Muhammadu Buhari, Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) scored F9 in two of the subjects he sat for in the 1961 University of Cambridge West African School Certificate Examinations (WASCE).
There has been controversy after the Buhari and the APC said his certificates were with the Nigerian Army authorities who subsequently denied the claim.
Official documents obtained by Premium Times from Cambridge University and the Government College, formerly known as Provincial Secondary School, Katsina, however show that Buhari did attend the school and sat for the examination in 1961.
The statement of result, duly signed by the current principal of the College, dated January 21, 2015, showed that Buhari obtained the following scores:
English – 5 (credit)
English Lit – 7 (pass)
History -3 (Good)
Geography – 6 (Credit)
Maths – 9 (Fail)
Health Science – 6 (credit)
Woodwork – 9 (fail)
Buhari’s candidate number was 002 while that of the examination centre was 8280, in line with a statement he made in Kano on Wednesday, as reported by Punch.
“I attended Provincial Secondary School, Katsina, now Government College, Katsina, and sat the University of Cambridge/WASCE in 1961...
"My examination number is 8280002.”
Student Pulse had earlier reported that a former President of the Court of Appeal (PCA), Justice Umaru Abdullahi and a former Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Coomassie, said they were classmates with him.
One interesting things about this certificate is that it shows that Buhari, described as "brilliant" by his classmates, also had a problem with Mathematics like many Nigerian students.
Every year, there is massive failure of Mathematics and English in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
In the November/December 2014 WASSCE, only 29.37 per cent of candidates obtained credits in five subjects, including Mathematics and English Language, similar to the 2014 May/June where that approximately 70% of the candidates failed.