As a result of over-emphasis on paper qualification, examination cheating has become the vogue. Our children prefer enjoying themselves at the expense of their studies. Because they are unsure of their ability to pass examinations, they resort to finding cheap ways of doing so.
Often, they rely on pre-knowledge of examination questions, otherwise known as ‘expo’. Unfortunately, the result of this practice is a fall in the standard of education.
Examination malpractice will hardly be sustained if it is not encouraged. Disappointingly, some examiners encourage the students to indulge in this obnoxious practice by collaborating with them. These examiners, sometimes, use this medium for economic gain as huge sums of money are given to them to obtain ‘expo’.
For example, the white men introduced this examination malpractice in Nigeria in the early sixties. This brought about the gradual changing attitude of assessment of many students who forge papers.
This behaviour has made so many Nigerians not to read again, and forced a drop in overall academic performance. The focus towards examination malpractices has increased, and students rely on it now to pass examinations rather than their mental capability.Moreover, this habit leads so many Nigerians to various misconduct during examinations. Examination malpractice has become both conscious and unconscious behaviour and encourage laziness among students.
In Nigeria, the concomitant effects of examination malpractices can not entirely be expressed here. But suffice to state that the effects range from inability to express oneself in public with good command of English Language, inability to defend one’s professed course of study, leading to inability to secure employment.
The down-turn effect is usual frustration because the individual has placed himself in the place of a graduate which people expect to be highly intelligent, but ends up as a waste not only to his or herself but to the entire society.
Thus, except for man-known-man and other fraudulent means, to secure good employment for those who indulged in examination malpractices could be difficult.
Many of our innocent youths are now frustrated and disillusioned as they see their colleagues, whose academic standard was rated low, being given admission either because they can afford the necessary bribe or have godfathers who are able to speak on their behalf.
The way to reduce examination malpractices in the country is to set up a commission of inquiry to investigate causes of the menace and arrest those responsible. The problem of examination malpractices, can only be stopped with the attention and help of the government. I am personally convinced that with the help of government, there will be a change. Government needs to take serious action to stop a further fall in the standard of our education.
Mowor resides in Port Harcourt.