Looking at Nigeria as a nation, one can easily pinpoint that Examination Malpractice has become a household name especially among the 21st century students, undergraduates and even teachers.
Examination malpractice has consistently remained a bane of our nation, Nigeria’s educational system. It doesn’t call for amazement that the academic certificates being issued graduates in Nigeria are no more valuable than the pieces of paper on which they are printed, according to the assertion of most foreign countries.
In the view of the above, I at point want to provide a possible definition of this must conquered monster. What then is Examination Malpractice? One may ask. Permit me to say that it is a situation in which candidates sitting for an examination are provided with undue advanced advantages pre-examination, during examination or post-examination so that they grab cheap or effortless success after the conduct of such examination exercise. By so doing, the sanctity of the examination is violated and even worst, broken. This great exam misconduct portend grave dangers for the nation’s education system and the nation at large. In the first place, our supposed graduates of educational institutions and courses cannot stand the test of time nor properly represent what they are for. In fact, they are ill-baked because there was no thoroughness in their training and the process of their academic acquisition. This is traceable to the dent of the monster that has gripped our educational system as a nation.
Furthermore, the negative trend be seen in employees being engaged in jobs they are not suited for since the certificates they assume /claim to posses are not merited in anyway. On account of this many industries, companies, factories resources have been messed up by examination Malpractice graduates.
In addition to the points above, seriousness to academic pursuance among students and undergraduates had been thrown to the wind or even off board. In many parts of the country visiting the library for intensive study is seen as obsolete attitude and termed “Old school” by many. Students have little or no time for their books as they attend parties, engage in drug addiction and other unfathomable delinquencies.
Again, this monster thrives on bribery and corruption. Bribery and corruption accompany examination Malpractice at any stage of it. This is so because the cheats offer money and a times their bodies to get illicit assistance in the examination hall. Invigilators and supervisors are being offered bribes so that they may connive with the examination cheats to have a field day in the examination hall. Even when the supervisor wanted to keep to the ethics of the examination: he or she is doing so at the detriment of his or her job or sometimes life.
Finally, as a secondary school teacher for about six years now (2014 – 2020), I have come to realize that resourcefulness and creativity are hampered or discouraged in a nation where this cankerworm, examination Malpractice thrive. The monster named examination Malpractices should be stamped out of the country or maybe be brought to a minimum barest of it before it wreaks greater havoc than it had done on the academic, religious, economic, political, social lives of Nigeria and Nigerians at large.
I pray that God will help my dear country that after this panepidemic season of COVID 19, we will see the need to collaboratively eradicate examination Malpractices and enthrone meritocracy in awarding our academic certificates, to enable us tackle issues like COVID 19, recession etc.
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