The chairman, Senate Committee on Education, Dr. Akon Eyakenyi, has called for the prosecution of exam malpractice perpetrators in line with the country’s extant laws.
She stated this during the national sensitisation workshop on examination malpractice in Nigeria, organised by the National Examination Council (NECO), in conjunction with the National Assembly, Monday in Uyo.
Blueprint reports that the theme was: ‘The Role of Educational Stakeholders in Tackling Examination Malpractice in Nigeria.’
Eyakenyi lamented that the examination malpractice menace was a destructive element that has continued to produce ‘half-baked’ graduates whose performance in the work environment is below average.
“There is no need to overemphasise the devastating effects of examination malpractice on our educational system.
“This widespread practice which has permeated virtually every sector of our educational system has eroded third-party confidence in certifications and qualifications issued by Nigerian examination bodies and other competent institutions, thereby causing us national embarrassment.
“We must be seen as being serious with punishing deviant behaviours in line with extant laws. If tutors, lecturers, examiners, invigilators or students as the case may be, are made to face penalties for examination malpractices, a message would have been sent.”
She stated further that all stakeholders, including parents, teachers, security agencies and anti-graft agencies have a role to play in tackling the dreaded monster of examination malpractices across the country.