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Examination malpractice: Parents, schools responsible —Educationists

Samiat Mayegun,
Paul Akinyogbon
& Temitope Ojo

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Educationists have again stressed the need for schools, parents and the government to synergise in curbing the increasing rate of examination malpractices in schools, especially primary and secondary schools.

The recently released results by the National Examinations Council, NECO, showed that malpractices cases increased from 4,454 in 2021 to 11,419 in 2022.

Speaking with The Hope, an educationist, Mr. Adeyeye Blessing, said parental influence has been a primary reason examination malpractice continues to be a menace among students.

The school proprietor said many parents send their children to miracle centres all in the name of having good results without considering future implications, adding that teachers and school owners also contribute to the sharp practice.

“A child’s major purpose of going to school is to learn and pass examinations, and definitely the school owners and teacher will want to promote their school, allowing the students to partake in an examination to come out with good grades,” he said.

 While also decrying poor preparation for examinations among the students, Adeyeye admonished parents and the government to say “no to examination malpractice.”

 He also recommended the introduction of technologies, such as CCTV, to examination halls, especially external examinations like WAEC, NECO and JAMB.

 Also, a retired teacher Mrs. Funmilayo Adebayo stressed that schools have become accomplices to students.

 “Nowadays, when a student is not performing well in his or her academics and the school authority notices, instead o reporting the child, they will not because they don’t want the parent to get angry,” a practice alien to education development.

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She admonished parents not to leave their children’s education to schools alone.

Earlier, Prof. Afolabi Akinmoladun of the Federal University of Technology (FUTA) recommended reasonable remuneration for teachers, provision of suitable school facilities, and parents instilling good morals into their wards.

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