As a follow-up on our previous article on disadvantages and effects of cheating in public examinations, this post focuses on how to stop Exam Malpractice in Nigeria, and of course elsewhere. We are using Nigeria as a topic of discussion following increasing reports of cheating, leakage of exam papers, use of mobile texting systems to deliver answers to exam candidates, ghost examination halls, and more of what they now collectively refer to as “Exam Runz“.
Before reading our outline on how to stop Exam Malpractice in Nigeria, we suggest that you first read disadvantages and effects of cheating in public examinations here. We expect both article, when put together to be an invaluable guide for students writing research work or term paper on examination malpractices in Nigeria, and Africa in general.
How To Stop Exam Malpractice in Nigeria
The following measures can be adopted to save the future of Nigerian students from the several menace of cheating in examinations.
1. Sound educational policy should be put in place with de-emphasis on the supremacy of certificates over skills and professional competence.
2. Appointment of supervisors of proven integrity and who are independent of the examinations centers.
3. The remuneration of invigilators and supervisors should be attractable that would not allow one to think of taking bribe to add to his earnings.
4. Ensure that only formally registered candidates sit for the examination.
5. Religious and community leaders should be used to intervene on parents who insist on their children getting the best result without genuine efforts for it.
6. Prohibit the use of electronic devices including cellular phones and IPADS
7. School teachers should be motivated and remunerated adequately and learning environment made friendly so that they can do their work satisfactorily and cover the syllabus before examinations.
8. There should frequent unannounced visits by officials of examination centers and erring centers should be punished.
9. The rigidity and timing of examinations should be reviewed in a such a way that when a student complained genuinely that he cannot write an examination another time suitable should be organized for him, this will eliminate the phobia of failure which may result in malpractice.
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