The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has called on Examination and Assessment Agencies in the country to adopt ICT in tackling the menace of Examination Malpractices.
He also urged them to build a “multi- dimensional approach” to address the menace of exam fraud.
Mallam Adamu made the call in Lagos while declaring open a one-day National Sensitisation Workshop on “Malpractice in Nigeria”, jointly organised by the National Examinations Council (NECO) and the National Assembly.
Mallam Adamu, who was represented by the Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede, said: “Examination malpractice is a major problem affecting the conduct of public exams in Nigeria; and let me say that Nigeria is under-developed in tackling issues of malpractice in our exams.
“ICT is the way to go in curbing this menace; it has become most critical that we must become creative in adopting ICT devices to protect the sanctity of our examinations across Nigeria.”
Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Education, Senator Akon Eyakenyi, said the National Assembly was against Examination Malpractice and hoped to tackle it with “a holistic mind”.
Senator Eyakenyi said to effectively tackle examination malpractices, there was need to collaborate with professional associations “who wield certain levels of influence on their members”.
She called on the government to hold private school operators to account, and urged stakeholders to rise to the occasion by speaking out and “taking informed decisions” when and where the need arises.
The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Education (Basic & Secondary), Professor Julius Ihonbere, called for “collective responsibility” to tackle the problems of examination malpractice.
According to him, stakeholders must work together to produce results that will work for the betterment of the Nigerian education sector.
Registrar, NECO, Professor Dantani Wushishi, said ways and means should be adopted to curb the menace of exam malpractice as well as reorientate the minds of the youths about “the cankerworm”.
“No doubt, examination malpractice has the tendency to discourage hard work among serious students, lowers educational standards, discredit certificates, and lead to the production of quacks, thereby affecting the manpower needs of the nation,” Professor Wushishi noted.
He called for “collective responsibility” to rid candidates of the bad habit of wanting to cut corners.
The theme of the workshop was “the Role of Education Stakeholders in Tackling Examination Malpractice in Nigeria”.
Writing by Daniel Adejo; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare and Tony Okerafor