Exam cheat­ing de­grades ed­u­ca­tion cer­tifi­cates – WAEC

Daily Trust - - EDUCATION -

The in­crease in cases of ex­am­i­na­tion mal­prac­tice in schools has low­ered the in­tegrity of ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­i­ties and the trust­wor­thi­ness of schools’ cer­tifi­cates, the Zonal Co­or­di­na­tor, West African Ex­am­i­na­tion Coun­cil ( WAEC), Abuja, Mr. Yusufu D. Ari, has said.

Mr. Ari, who was speak­ing at the 2016 na­tional stake­hold­ers’ di­a­logue on ex­am­i­na­tion mal­prac­tice yes­ter­day in Abuja, said cheat­ing among stu­dents dur­ing ex­am­i­na­tions was so ram­pant that it was “threat­en­ing to over­whelm and de­stroy the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor in Nige­ria.”

He said poor value sys­tem, high level of moral deca­dence in the so­ci­ety, un­due parental pres­sure and so­ci­etal ex­pec­ta­tions, poor study habits, psy­cho­log­i­cal dis­tress and fear of fail­ure were some of the causes of ex­ams cheat­ing in the coun­try which au­thor­i­ties must ad­dress.

He said ex­am­i­na­tion mal­prac­tice “leads to loss of trust and con­fi­dence in the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, dis­cred­its ex­am­i­na­tion boards and erodes con­fi­dence in cer­tifi­cates.”

Chair­man of All Nige­ria Con­fed­er­a­tion of Prin­ci­pals of Sec­ondary Schools (ANCOPSS), Abuja chap­ter, Mo­hammed Sani, said exam cheat­ing was dis­cussed dur­ing the re­cent na­tional congress meet­ing of the union and mem­bers will work with WAEC in ad­dress­ing it.

Gov­er­nor Muham­mad Badaru Abubakar of Ji­gawa State (right) and the Vice-Chan­cel­lor, Sule Lamido Uni­ver­sity, Kafin Hausa, Pro­fes­sor Ab­dul­lahi Yusufu Ribadu dur­ing an in­spec­tion tour to the Uni­ver­sity Last week.

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