By George Onah
Port Harcourtâ€”Â Â The Federal Government has been called upon to establish an examination malpractice commission as a necessary basis to checking the rampant cases of examination fraud in secondary and tertiary institutions in the country.
Acting Provost of Rivers State University of Science and Technology, represented by Dr. V. A. Asuru suggested at a symposium, under the auspices of the state Ministry of Education, that the high level of the practice was debasing the credibility of certificates in the land.
Asuru explained that Nigeria loses over one billion Naira yearly as a result of cancellation of examinations, occasioned by lazy students who cheat during various examinations.
He said the establishment of the commission would primarily arrest and prosecute examination cheats, in view of the damaging effect the conduct of such students poses to the image of Nigeria.
At the gathering which was on finding solution to examination malpractice, the provost said the vice was caused by the dumping of social values and emphasis on certificate rather than ability of the individual.
â€œWe have, therefor,e down-played such time honored virtues like dignity of labour, honesty, morality and perseverance. This menace has led to the loss of credibility in our certificates, thus constituting a threat to the quality of education and its entire existence,â€ he said.
He blamed poor and inadequate teaching and learning in most of the schools, poor teacher quality, coupled with the frequent strikes that have crippled smooth learning as contributing factors to creating cheats in such exercises.
For solution, the provosts said there was need to re-design schoolsâ€™ curricular and enforce the Examination Malpractice Act No. 33, of 1999, which provides stiff penalties and attracts prison terms and fines.