Students association fights against examination malpractices

"The frequency of occurrence of examination malpractice indicates a state of hopelessness and helplessness for the nation because of the huge increasing number of people and institutions involved in the social malaise."

National Association of Nigerian Students

A meeting, which was attended by University teachers was held in Gombe State University (GSU).

The meeting was held with the purpose of exposing the dangers and effect of examination malpractices which to a great extent, accounts for the dwindling quality of school leavers, especially at the secondary and tertiary levels.

Dr. Abubakar Musa, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics from Kano State University of Science and Technology, Wudil, in his paper titled ‘The Effects of Examination Malpractices on National Development’ said, "The frequency of occurrence of examination malpractice indicates a state of hopelessness and helplessness for the nation because of the huge increasing number of people and institutions involved in the social malaise; and the penalty hitherto meted out to perpetrators does not seem to deter others from committing the same act any more.”

He explained that this dangerous trend could cause a crisis situation in the educational sector while also adding that it will result in loss of confidence in certificates awarded by some institutions.

He also cited other effect of examination malpractices such as: loss of international credibility; failure in the fight against corruption; low work productivity and poor job performance; bribery and corruption; vast supply of non-credible human resource and embarrassing dismal termination and loss of position.

Musa also pointed out that if he examination malpractice trend is not curbed, we will end up with half-baked graduates; lowering of academic standard; and lack of confidence the country’s educational system.

Professor Musa said other adverse effects include breeding of a generation of fraudsters and other social vices; discouragement of students from hard work; certificate racketeering; and high dropout rates from our institutions of learning, urging the authorities and relevant stakeholders to be resolute in the efforts to stem the tide.

Vice Chancellor of Gombe State University and Chief host of the discourse, Professor Ibrahim Musa Umar corroborated his guest’s view on high rate of prevalence said it is common phenomenon the country’s academia faces always as any examination hardly goes by without incidence(s) of malpractice or misconduct.

He admonished students to always toe the path of hard work and excellence because the malpractice process slows defaulters down if caught; that is if at all they ever get out of the university.

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