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Stakeholders must play their parts to curtail examination malpractice in Nigeria- Ayeye

By Maria Ifafesobi
In a bid to curtail examination malpractice and other undignified attitude engaged by youths to the barest minimum in the society, stakeholders have been charged to work unanimously to inculcate moral values into the Nigerian youths.
The Officer in charge of the Ondo State Examination Malpractice Act, Mr. Sunday Ayeye said the various stakeholders have to play their parts to reduce social ills and ensure that the society is well-defined. He said, these social ills have been on for years and its gradually becoming a norm that is gradually shattering our moral values.
Mr. Ayeye made this known during a one-day seminar for stakeholders in the education sector organized by a non-governmental organization; Justice Development and Peace Centre (JDPC) in Akure.
He said, “Societal re-engineering and re-orientation to revamp moral value. Good moral values should be properly inculcated into our youths, and parents counseled to stop aiding their children to cheat in examinations”.
“A parent must adequately provide the foundational understanding and principle of life to a child.
“Obliviously, the government has a general role to play through the formulation of good policy, provide infrastructure, facilities and adequate funding for teachers, employing qualified teachers and staff, appropriate approval of both private schools and government schools, and review laws and policies when needed.”
Mr. Ayeye further emphasized that education is a necessary process through which youths are taught, guided, trained to live a productive life, and adapt to an acceptable public life based on their areas of interest and talent. He however advised that less emphasis on paper qualifications or certificates should be made for youths because they feel pressured as academic performance is the yardstick for measuring competence one’s in the country.
“Nigeria’s education system is largely certificate oriented. The excessive value placed on paper qualification or certificates is the major contribution for exam malpractice
“The western knowledge acquisition system or formal education is measured on certificates. Yet, a certificate is not a full proof of knowledge retention. Before the certificate is awarded, the students have to be assessed or examined in the field they have been trained. An examination is a yardstick against which students or candidates’ competence and progress are formally measured and appraised in the education sector.
“The common belief on certificates as the only yardstick to measure ones’ qualification has led many Nigerians into buying educational certificates to prove their academic worth.”
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