We Will Stamp Out Examination Malpractices – Minister

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By Taiwo Ogunmola-Omilani, Lagos

The federal government has promised to stamp out examination malpractices by building self confidence and encouraging hard work among students in Nigerian.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said this on Thursday in his speech at a two-day West African Examinations Council, (WAEC), International Summit holding in Lagos with  the theme,” Examination malpractice: The Contemporary Realities and Antidotes”.

Adamu who stated that government was worried by incidents of exam malpractice in its totality, urged stakeholders as well as member countries to intensify campaign against the scourge.

He expressed the hope that the two day summit organised by the Council would provide techniques as well as modalities to find a lasting solution to the menace.

Speaking earlier, Registrar of the Council, Doctor Iyi Uwadiae said examination malpractices had remained a thorn in the flesh of the council in spite of various measures put in place by the exam body to tackle it.

Uwadiae stated that the council in its 65th annual general meeting held in Abuja, had called for urgent need to tackle the problem of malpractice and irregularities.

In their reactions, Stakeholders in the education sector said the major factor responsible for examination malpractices in Nigeria is the craze for certificates acquisition.

They also called for a collective effort of parents, school authorities as well as exam bodies to curb and work towards eradicating the problem.

The stakeholders also proposed the review and amendment the examination malpractice law to deter and discourage perpetrators saying it was one of the worst forms of corruption.

Chairman, House Committee on basic education and services, Zakari Mohammed, said stakeholders needed to go back to the drawing board and stop people from patronizing miracle centres.

In her comment, the Chairperson of the council, Evelyn Kandakai said decisive action needed to be taken collectively to curb the menace.