Exam Irregularities in Nigerian Schools
Conventionally, examinations are regarded as a method of assessment of students who have used one level of education or another at the end of a term, term or educational year.
However, among other disturbing developments how the industry is experiencing in the country nowadays, the incidence of examination malpractices in the Nigerian educational system is a cardinal one 2021 neco runs that is fast assuming a straight of national and international embarrassment and dangerous dimension. It is a damaging crisis, which if not cured soon, may destroy the nation’s all-important education sector.
Examination malpractices are generally termed wrongdoings before, during or after examinations. And, without mincing words, these are having telling, unwanted effects on the state’s quality of education, just as many school leavers and graduates still cannot defend their certificates. As threatening as this endemic trend can take place, urgent measures need to be used for the cankerworm not to destroy the nation’s future completely eventually: it’s too critical to be neglected. And, this is really, another cogent reason Nigeria needs meaning renaissance and value regeneration in all facets of its national life.
How does one describe what an examination malpractice is? According to Nwana (2000), examination malpractice is termed the “massive and freakish abuse of rules and regulations pertaining to internal and public examinations, beginning from the setting of such examinations through the taking of the examinations, their marking and grading, to the release of the results and the issuance of certificates. inch
In a similar train of thought, an educational has experimented with another description of this unbridled phenomenon as “the act of omission or commission intended to create a student pass examination without counting absolutely on his/her independent ability or resources. inch
Certain research findings, a conclusion, instructional and informed articles of educationalists, academics, and other top stakeholders in this special sector of the state’s economy, however, have indicated that there had been one form of examination malpractice or the other before since in the early 1970s when “mass cheating was initially perpetrated in WAEC” (West African-american examinations Council).
Perhaps, this realisation jolted the examination body at the supplementary school level to examine critically, various manifestations and extent of this retrogressive desire. It apparently, classified the different forms of examination malpractice as including earning foreign materials to quiz halls, abnormal activities inside and outside examination halls, collusion, impersonation, seapage, mass cheating and insult/assault on supervisors during assessments.
Other styles of quiz malpractices identified by WAEC include assistance of candidates by invigilators to answer or have hint as to to difficult concepts, while some invigilators also go to the extent of answering some parts of the question for candidates, aside from other styles as “giraffing, contraband, topic, super print, escort, missiles, and pregnant biros. inch
Nonetheless, what has happened to the success of the place’s education system from that point till this present day? Unfortunately, in the continued 21st Century, examination malpractices of varying sorts, forms and manifestations, incontrovertibly, have worsened and turn into a national problem. The unbecoming tendency voraciously, continues to eat deep into the social fabric, from primary schools to tertiary institutions of learning across the Nigerian Federation. It is no wonder then, that the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), of recent, passionately asked the National Assembly to declare a situation of emergency in the education sector so as to consciously renovation the lost honor of the once flourishing industry.
While many stakeholders in the sector yet, believe that the prevalent malaise the education sector is not only perpetrated by the students alone, but also with the active connivance of other stakeholders, including teachers, security agents, quiz invigilators, printers, supervisors, etcetera, quiz malpractices have equally been described by some in the know of the pervasiveness of the frustrating trend as “perennial and institutionalised multibillion Naira business”, on which some depraved individuals, groups and institutions feed fat in the country nowadays.