The management of the College of Education, Akwanga, Nasarawa state has announced plans to install CCTV cameras in all classes and examination halls to discourage students from indulging in examination malpractices. Danjuma Joseph reports.
In its bid to eradicate examination malpractices amongst its students, the authority of the College of Education, Akwanga, Nasarawa state has announced plans to install CCTV cameras in all classes and examination halls.
The institution has expelled a total number of 115 students over various offences in the last four years for alleged examination malpractices.
This development was disclosed in a report by a fact-finding committee set up by the state government, early last year. The committee was mandated to investigate the activities of the institution from 2014 to 2017.
The report listed offences committed by the expelled students to include examination malpractices, impersonation during examination, and swapping of answer booklets.
The 131-page report said that the students were all expelled during the tenure of the incumbent Provost, Dr. (Mrs) Rebbeca Isaac Umaru, who herself was a product of the school.
The report said that other offenders were sanctioned according to the severity of their offences, adding that management’s decision to impose sanctions on erring students was to deter others.
It would be recalled that the academic board of the institution also expelled some 22 students, during the 2018 academic calendar year for engaging in examination malpractices.
During the 2017/2018 matriculation of the college, the provost warned that the authority would install CCTV cameras in all classes and examination halls, to curb the menace of exam malpractices by students.
The provost, who described examination malpractice as a disease that does no one good, said the measure has become necessary owing to the high rate of exam malpractices, saying any student caught in the act will be shown the way out of the institution.
The newly matriculated 4200 fresh intakes of the institution during the 2018/2019 matriculation were also warned against indulging in examination malpractices, or be shown the way out.
“Examination malpractice is now the order of the day among students in most institutions in our nation. However, this college is known for zero tolerance for examination malpractice, therefore, you will stand expelled if caught from the act” she said.
The authority of the college under the leadership of Dr (Mrs) Rebecca Isaac Umaru, must be commended for taking such a bold step during the period under review, by showing the students way out for engaging in exams malpractices.
Year in year out, the language and warning has been the same across all institutions of learning in Nigeria and the rest of the world, with the clarion call on students to avoid exam malpractices.
As we are all aware, examination malpractice is an illegal act committed by a student single handedly or in collaboration with others like fellow students, parents, teachers, supervisors, invigilators, printers and anybody or group of people before, during or after examinations in order to obtain undeserved marks or grades.
The means of perpetrating this illegal act may range from bringing in un-authorised materials to the examination hall, disrupting the conduct of examinations, buying examination papers, changing of grades after examination and impersonation, to using money or candidate’s body to earn marks.
Examination malpractice in Nigeria and indeed in many countries of the world is already a cankerworm. It has attained an alarming proportion and it is also endemic to educational systems all over the world.
The problem is hydra-headed and has defied most recommended solutions.
The categories of people involved in examination malpractices are many and the forms of examination malpractices are almost without end.
It takes place at all educational levels, it is a concern to all stakeholders in education and it takes place in both internal and external examinations. Children, youths and adults are involved.
Many reasons have been given for the prevalence of examination malpractice and these include inadequate funding of schools, laxity in prosecuting offenders, inability of students to cope with school work, candidates’ inadequate preparation and desire to pass at all costs, poor sitting arrangement, too much emphasis on paper qualification and non completion of syllabuses. The causes are multi-dimensional while the society, the school and the students are involved.
Examination malpractice has become a prolific business enterprise branded with the name of private examination centres aided and abetted by corrupt examination officials, supported by parents who will not allow their children to be left out from the Trojan gift of malpractice.
This malaria parasite ravaging our educational sector can only be eradicated by a national consciousness. Students should be assiduous and develop an interest towards learning rather than being lethargic to their bookwork.
Some educationists believe that there are students with a pathological desire to cheat. For example, scientists have found a link between some plagiarism acts and kleptomania. So, while some people just cannot help themselves when it comes to cheating, others take deliberate actions towards it.
Examination malpractice has many effects on students, teachers, educational institutions and the educational system as a whole. For example, students who engage in examination malpractice are more likely to be dishonest in other aspect of their life. Majority of them end up stealing or even cheating at work. Students are adversely affected even after graduation.
Due to examination malpractice, not everyone who has a diploma is smart or possesses the required skills. Due to the high rate of exam malpractice, employers cannot rely on the certificate to tell them who deserves the job and who doesn’t.
That’s why a lot of them are afraid to pay new graduates the salary they deserve because they don’t believe in their skills. Consequently, academic dishonesty adversely affects everyone, even decent students.
Examination malpractice in Nigeria can also have a negative impact on the reputation of the institution. Institutions affected by scandals associated with deception may become less attractive to potential sponsors, prospective students and potential employers. Conversely, universities with a low level of examination malpractice can use their reputation to attract new students and employers.
Perhaps, parents should have a genuine reason for every penny spent on their children’s education, because any student who goes into school through the window will also be thrown out through the window either by rustication or expulsion.
In conclusion, other institutions of learning in Nigeria, need to take a cue from the College of Education, Akwanga, by discouraging students from engaging in examination malpractices and other social vices, capable of corrupting the nation’s education system.
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