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Stakeholders propose measures to end examination malpractices

By Olaoluwa Abuloye & Godfrey Eze

Amidst growing concerns over the prevalence of malpractice in the education sector, experts are advocating proactive measures to uphold academic integrity and ensure a fair and transparent examination process.

Several reports have shown that examination malpractices still mar both school-based and external examinations in Nigeria.

In his recommendations, an educationist, Mr. Nnaemeka Pascal, advocated the integration of technological solutions and widespread awareness campaigns.

Pascal underscored the importance of embracing technological innovations such as biometric identification systems and secure online examination platforms, saying these would significantly enhance the credibility of examinations.

He also stressed the need for comprehensive awareness campaigns to educate students, educators, and the general public about the detrimental effects of malpractice and the importance of upholding academic integrity.

Ondo State’s Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Comrade Victor Amoko said parents, schools and other stakeholders must work as a team to fight against the ugly trend.

A teacher, Odun Ofere, among other things, recommended that school administrators should take a very firm stand against examination malpractice, such as expulsion of students who are caught cheating. He also said that the influence of parents on the administrative process of the school should be minimised.

The new Head of the National Office, West African Examinations Council, Dr Amos Dangut stressed the need for stakeholders to synergise in ending examination malpractices in the Nigerian educational system.

Dangut, emphasized the importance of sensitization as a potent tool in curbing malpractice, highlighting the need for greater awareness among students, educators, and parents.

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He acknowledged that while ignorance is not a legal excuse, many students lack awareness of the boundaries of acceptable conduct during examinations.

Dr Dangut stressed the crucial role of parents in addressing the issue, stating, “I know that if parents teach and educate their children in the right way, we won’t have examination malpractices.”

He urged all stakeholders to fulfil their responsibilities in combating malpractice, expressing hope that collective efforts would lead to meaningful change.

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