By Emmanuel Edukugho
As standard of education keeps deteriorating with widespread examination malpractice linked to the rot, the police cannot be blamed for this sordid situation.
That is the contention of Mr. Marvel Akpoyibo, Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, while answering questions from Vanguard editors during a visit to the corporate headquarters of the newspaper on Monday.
He acknowledged that â€œstandard of education has deteriorated,â€ adding, â€œifÂ a graduate writes a story for you today, you will weep,â€ pointing to several errors of grammar, punctuations, bad sentences and wrong use of words that will be found in the story.0
He noted that, â€œso too are police officers who can not write good English in their reports.â€
Asked about the incessant cases of exam malpractice in which students copy wholesale from booksÂ inside examination halls coming out with results that are fraudulent and not, based on merit thereby breeding future criminals, Akpoyibo, a sociology graduate and lawyer answered thus:
â€œPolice are not examiners, not invigilators. When the police arrest some of them, they are taken to court and later get bail. Itâ€™s a systemic problem. You canâ€™t ascribe it to the police.â€
He explained that the scourge of examination malpractice is not confined to public examinations for secondary schoolÂ students but goes beyond.
The police commissioner asked rhetorically: â€œWhat is happening in universities? Will you be carrying mobile policeman to class during examination?
Examination malpractice is systemic problem.
What about lecturers who allocate marks to students.â€
He drew attention to different types of malpractices going on in the university system, tending to undermine the integrity of the educational institution, the quality of products coming out from our ivory towers.
Akpoyibo cited a case in which a student was shot dead by a policeman.
â€œImmediately I tried the policeman, after which he was dismissed and later bungled to court for murder.â€
AÂ pastor himself, the police chief underlined this by affirming that â€œyou can not police without fear of God.â€