Disadvantages of Examination Malpractice, Consequences


Our effort in Students Nigeria is to raise youngsters who will follow norms and achieve success in all levels of learning. This does not however encroach on our resolve to remain undiluted in provision of legal support to candidates who truly crave for good result in their examinations. In this article, we shall discuss some disadvantages of Examination Malpractice and their consequences in qualification, admission, certificate, semester, etc examinations in Nigeria, and beyond.

Definition of Examination Malpractice

Malpractice is defined as any deliberate act of wrong doing, contrary to the rules of examinations designed to give a candidate an unfair advantage or able frequently, to place a candidate at a disadvantage. Malpractice therefore introduces equities into the examination system. In some examinations, the level of malpractice is so high that it seriously undermines the credibility of the examination system.

Some Forms of Exam Malpractice

  • Leakage
  • Impersonation
  • Smuggling of foreign materials
  • External Assistance
  • Collusion
  • Copying
  • Ghost (Special or Miracle) Centers
  • Intimidation
  • Markers Cheating,
  • etc

Does It Have Consequences?


The consequences of examination malpractice both to education and the society will be catastrophic in the long run candidates/students who would ordinarily be working hard to pass examination will now depend on quack arrangement. Since such arrangements rarely failed. Then the fraud or malpractice may eventually be seen as a way of academic exercise. The candidates produced in this manner will grow into adults and teachers or examinations officials who will not see anything wrong with such sophisticated and high class examination fraud thus defeating the goals of education by turning out certificated illiterates.
ted and loss of confidence when less intelligent ones perform better than then through cheating, thus leading to loss of confidence in themselves and in the examination and the system at large.Examinations malpractice may lure some students into others areas of misconducts such as prostitutions and or armed robbery, female students who lack money to fund external assistance or pay for scores may take prostitution while male may as well take stealing or armed robbery in a bid to make money to pay for scores.

In Conclusion

Examination malpractice is an act or irregular manner of testing examiners contravenes the rules and conventions guiding the conduct of examinations. The causes could be attributed to the behaviour of examiners, parents and system. The consequences could be catastrophic to both education system would turn out the society certificated illiterates.

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