The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has stated that the Federal Government of Nigeria would soon tackle the rate of examination malpractice in the country.
Speaking on Thursday at the maiden edition of a two-day West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC)’s International Summit on Examination Malpractice, the Mister gave the assurance that the Government takes the menace seriously. The summit tagged: “Examination Malpractice: The Contemporary Realities and Antidotes.’’ was held in Lagos.
Adamu, who was represented by Mr Mohammed Kaarege, the Director, Basic and Secondary Education, Federal Ministry of Education, said that examination malpractice was a form of corruption which the Federal Government had vowed to eradicate.
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He confirmed that the government was disturbed due to the dwindling quality of education in the country which is partly caused by the rising state of examination fraud. He noted that students and their collaborators have devised various means of perpetrating the act, more so with the advent of the social media which has aided in the act over time. He lamented that no level of education in the West African Coast was free of the menace of examination malpractice.
According to him: “The two-day summit is to provide examination bodies with measures and innovation to turn public examination into a fraud-free examination.
“Nigeria in particular, and I think government of other sub-regions in Africa, are determined to eradicate corruption of which examination malpractice is a form of corruption.
“Federal Government’s focus is on the training and retraining of teachers and encouragement of other member countries to intensify in the training of teachers.’’
In her address, the Chairperson of WAEC, Dr Evelyn Kandakai, urged stakeholders in the education sector to collaborate with the council to fight against the menace. She said that the examination body is also seeking to collaborate with other stakeholders in the intensification of its fight against examination fraud.
She called on all stakeholders to rise to end the and kill examination malpractice in the sub-region before it kills education and as a result, the nations therein.
Kandakai said: “Schools, society and WAEC are all suspects and examination malpractice has been a major distraction to the examination body.’’