By Ike Uchechukwu
CALABAR—Prof Ike Onyechere, Founding Chairman, Exam Ethics Marshal International, has said that unless Nigeria successfully wins the battle against examination malpractice, it can never win the war against corruption.
Onyechere made the disclosure at the ongoing 20th anniversary ceremony of the organisation in Calabar, Cross River State, yesterday.
According to him: “Education is the source code and character of a nation, when the source code (fundamental) is corrupt, everything that comes from it will surely be corrupt.
“We want to create a platform that can produce citizens, workforce and leaders with credible characters as well as the capacity to shun corruption and have the competence to deliver.
“Anyone could fall victim of a product of exam malpractices at any given time, it could be a quack doctor, nurse or even an accountant who sorted his or her way out during school. Education is seriously being challenged my examination malpractice and academic dishonesty.”
He insisted that examination malpractice has gone beyond indiscretion by students but has metamorphosed into serious organised and almost risk free crime, lucrative enterprise which is facilitated by criminals for purpose of making money.
Prof Abubakar Rasheed, the Executive Secretary, Nigeria Universities Commission, NUC, on the occasion, said there was a lot of repetition of research work and plagiarism in Nigeria Universities which is also malpractice.