Physics Paper 1, May/June2013  
Questions: 1A 1B 2A 2B 3A 3B Main
General Comments


  1.   Weaknesses observed are as follows:

              -    Many candidates could not read measurements from instruments such as
                   metre rule, stop watch, protractor, ammeter e.t.c. to the required accuracy.

              -    Many candidates could not express their calculations to the required
                   significant figures.

              -    Inability to carry out instructions logically and in sequence as demanded.
             -    Inability to use pins to trace rays as many drawings have no pin hole.

              -    Many candidates were unable to plot graph involving numbers less than unit
                   e.g. 0.018, 0.31 e.t.c.

              -    Poor computational skills
              -    Non adherence to rubric

              -    Poor language expressions

              -    late exposure to practical work

              -    Many candidates obtained negative values for the mass of sand M.  Probably teachers did not complete/supplied vague information on the report form misleading the candidates/examiners e.g. teacher(s) stating density of sand as 2 gcm-3 – 4.51 gcm-3.

              -   rote learning

              -   labeling of axes with letters x and y which represents specific measures in physics and not general coordinates as in mathematics

              -   Many could not make deduction from graphs nor draw lines of best fit.

   2.        The following remedies were suggested:

              -     Teachers to place emphasis on measurements, plotting of graphs and
                    making deductions from graphs.

              -     Teachers to endeavour to cover the scheme of examination.

              -      Teachers to organize enough practical classes before examination

              -      Teachers to expose candidates early enough to practical work.

              -      Teachers to drill candidates on the plotting of graphs and handling of
                     numerical processes.

              -      Teachers to be properly motivated

              -      Teachers should fill and supply correct information as required in the report

              -      WAEC to re-accredited schools based on possession of laboratories and                             equipments

               -      There should be synergy between parents and school authorities on how
                      to make candidates develop the right attitude to learning.

               -      School to provide functional laboratories

               -      School to engage qualified and well trained physics teachers.


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