Examination malpractice has consistently remained a bane of Nigeria’s educational system. No wonder the academic certificates being issued to graduates in Nigeria are no more valuable than the pieces of paper on which they are printed, according to the view of most foreigners. What then is examination malpractice? Examination malpractice is a situation in which candidates for an examination so that the candidates win cheap success thereafter. Hence, the sanctity of the examination is broken or violated. Examination malpractices portend grave dangers for the nation. In the first place, our graduates of educational institutions cannot stand the test of time. They are still ill-baked because there was no thoroughness in their training and the process of academic acquisition.

Also the negative trend can be seen in employees being engaged in jobs they are not suited for since the certificates they claim to possess are not merited.

In addition, seriousness is thrown to the wind. Students have little time for their studies as they attend parties, engage in drug abuse and other unbecoming behaviours. Furthermore, bribery and corrupts practices accompany examination malpractices, this is so because the students offer money and at times use their bodies to get illicit assistance in the examination hall. Bubes are offered to invigilators and supervisors so that they may connive with the examination cheats to have a field day in the hall.

Creativity and resourcefulness are hampered or discouraged in a nation where examination malpractice thrive. The cankerworm named examination practices should be stamped out of the country before they wreck greater havoc on the social, religious, economic and political lives in Nigeria.

I urge the government to look into this matter and make sure that any individual that is caught will go to prison because they said that money is the root of all evil and it is because of money that the supervisors and invigilators engage in such a behaviour.

Updated: May 7, 2020 — 10:21 am

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