January 26, 2023

It is imperative to adopt multidimensional approaches to tackle examination malpractice since it is a threat to the nation, Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has said.

He spoke in Lagos at the opening of a one-day National sensitisation workshop on the role of education stakeholders in tackling examination malpractice organised by the National Examinations Council (NECO) in conjunction with the National Assembly.

Adamu, who was represented by Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board(JAMB), Prof. Is-haq Oloyede noted that malpractice was a major problem confronting Nigeria and other nations, hence, it should be addressed effectively.

He said: “Examination malpractice calls for our attention in this country. This workshop is coming at a better time. This a major problem confronting Nigeria and other nations.

“This is a threat to our collectivism. Many of us are directly or indirectly involved in examination malpractice. Examination assessment bodies should adopt multidimensional approaches to tackle it. Information Communication Technology is also a way to go. We must also be creative in adopting effective strategies to address it.”

He noted that the Federal Ministry of Education would continue to promote high standard of education through fighting malpractice headlong.

Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere said more than 50,000 students engage in malpractice, hence, the National Assembly should come up with laws to stop it.

“The National Assembly must come up with laws to stop exam malpractice. It is a criminal offence. More than 50,000 students engage in exam malpractice. This is also a call to all agencies to come up with holistic solutions,” he said.

Ihonvbere, who hailed NECO and JAMB for their efforts towards tackling malpractice, said the nation cannot make progress unless it eradicates malpractice.

NECO Registrar, Prof. Ibrahim Wushishi stressed the need for collective action on the issue, adding that it has much negative impact on the development of the nation and its education system.

He warned parents, students and school owners to desist from the act or face sanctions.

“Examination practice has the tendency to discourage hard work among serious students, lower education standards , discredit certificates and affect manpower needs. Therefore, we must have as a collective responsibility to stop this bad habit,” he added.

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