Conventionally, examinations are regarded as a method of assessment of students who have been through one level of education or another at the end of a term, session or school year.
However, among other disturbing developments that your industry is experiencing in the country nowadays, the incidence of examination malpractices in the Nigerian educational 2021 neco runz system is a cardinal one that is fast assuming an even of national and international embarrassment and dangerous dimension. It is a damaging pandemic, which if not cured soon, may destroy the nation’s all-important education sector.
Examination malpractices are generally called wrongdoings before, during or after examinations. And, without mincing words, these are having telling, side effects on the nation’s quality of education, just as many school leavers and graduates cannot defend their certificates. As sinister as this endemic trend may appear, urgent measures need to be followed for the cankerworm not to destroy the nation’s future completely soon: it’s too critical to be neglected. And, this is actually, another cogent reason Nigeria needs moral renaissance and value regeneration in all areas of its national life.
How does one describe what an examination malpractice is? According to Nwana (2000), examination malpractice is called the “massive and unheard of 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. inches
In a similar spider vein, an school has pursued another description of this unbridled phenomenon as “the act of omission or commission intended to produce a student pass examination without relying absolutely on his/her independent ability or resources. inches
Certain research findings, final thoughts, helpful and informed submission moves of educationalists, academics, and other top stakeholders in this special sector of the nation’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 perpetrated in WAEC” (West Photography equipment examinations Council).
Perhaps, this realisation jolted the examination body at the extra school level to examine critically, various manifestations and extent of this retrogressive interest. It supposedly, listed the different forms of examination malpractice as including appealing to foreign materials to test halls, unusual activities inside and outside examination halls, collusion, impersonation, loss, mass cheating and insult/assault on supervisors during tests.
Other designs of test malpractices identified by WAEC include assistance of candidates by invigilators to answer or have hint to difficult concepts, while some invigilators also go to the extent of answering some parts of the question for candidates, aside from other designs as “giraffing, contraband, round, super print, escort, missiles, and pregnant biros. inches
Nonetheless, what has happened to the tactical of the country’s education system from the period till today? Unfortunately, in the continued 21st Century, examination malpractices of varying sorts, forms and manifestations, incontrovertibly, have worsened and grow a national problem. The unbecoming tendency voraciously, continues to eat deep into the social fabric, from the comfort of 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 circumstances of emergency in the education sector so as to consciously revamp the lost wonder of the once successful 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, test invigilators, printers, supervisors, and stuff like that, test malpractices have equally been described by some in the know of the pervasiveness of the disheartening trend as “perennial and institutionalised multibillion Naira business”, on which some depraved individuals, groups and institutions feed fat in the country currently.