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Bayelsa, Sokoto, Others Top 2012 Exam Malpractices List

| May 13, 2013 More

There seems to be no historical or geographical explanation to the pattern of malpractices recorded last year across the states. Not even Ekiti, the state acclaimed as the fountain of knowledge , with platoons of professors, was spared from the malaise. Even the educationally-advantaged state, Imo, was also named as a leading culprit in exam malpractices.

The recently released 2012 Exam Ethics Report, by the Exam Ethics Marshals International, has named Bayelsa, Sokoto, Ekiti and Imo, in that order, are the worst states with exam malpractice records.

It said Bayelsa State ranked 37th out of the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)with an Exam Malpractice Index (EMI) of 44.99%; Sokoto State ranked 36th with EMI of 27.9 %; Ekiti State ranked 35th with EMI of 26.69%, while Imo State ranked 34th with EMI of 24%.

The report put the 2012 Nigeria National Exam Ethics Index (EEI) at 82, which it said was a decline from the 86 in 2011, indicating a five percent rise in examination malpractices in the country.

It however explained that against the background that the average index from 1996, when the Exam Ethics Marshals movement was founded in Nigeria, to 2010 was 76, the 2012 EEI of 82 still represents a positive indication that the campaign to eradicate examination malpractices and entrench exam ethics is achieving positive results, though slowly.

According to the report, the EEI is calculated based on the composite number of candidates, principals, teachers, supervisors, invigilators and schools sanctioned for malpractices by public examination bodies for the period and geopolitical unit under consideration.

“It is the measure of the number of candidates and exam administrators that respected the rules and regulations of examinations out of every 100 that participated in such examinations. The inverse, Exam Malpractice Index (EMI), is the measure of the number of people sanctioned for malpractices, out of every 100 that participated in the examination,” the report said.

It named the North-east geopolitical zone as the most ethics-friendly zone in 2012 with an EEI of 7.05%. The North-central zone came second with and EEI of 84.09%, while South-west came third with EEI of 83.26. South-east, North-west and South-south emerged fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.

Yobe State emerged the 2012 National Exam Ethics Golden State with Exam Ethics Index of 89.57% while the FCT ranked second with 89.21% to emerge the 2012 National Exam Ethics Silver state.

Bauchi State ranked third with Exam Ethics Index of 88.51% to emerge 2012 National Exam Ethics Bronze state.

For the zonal Exam Ethics Golden States, it said FCT, Yobe, Kano, Abia, Oyo and Edo States ranked number one in Exam Ethics Index in their various zones to emerge the leader in their respective geopolitical zones.

The group regretted the fact that 18 out of every 100 people that participated in examinations in Nigeria last year were indicted for malpractices, which it said were a cause for serious concern, despite slight improvement registered between 2011 and 2012.

The statistics also showed that Bayelsa State has the highest number of de-recognised schools(13), followed by Delta (12), Ondo (eight), Kaduna (seven), Cross River (seven), Imo (seven), Plateau (six), Rivers (six) Kogi (five) Lagos (five) Nasarawa (five), Sokoto (four) and Anambra (four). No school was de-recognised in Taraba, Ebonyi, Borno, Niger, Adamawa, FCT and Yobe.

It indicated that South-south has the highest number of de-registered schools (35.1 percent), followed by South-west (19.3 per cent), North-central (15.7 percent), North-west (15 percent), South-east (13.2 percent), and North East (1.7 percent).

The group said the exam ethics rankings and exam malpractice rankings of states and geopolitical zones were based on their exam ethics ratings, relative to other states and geopolitical zones.

The report stressed that the scope and pervasiveness of examination malpractices, academic dishonesty and other corrupt practices indicate the collapse of moral foundation and ethical infrastructure of education in Nigeria.

“Progress in the education sector is paralysed by the iron grip of examination malpractice, which has metamorphosed into virtually risk-free highly lucrative organised criminal activity controlled by syndicates, some of whose members are embedded in ministries, institutions and examination bodies as workers.

“Instead of being centres of excellence, some educational institutions have become places where youths are weaned on diets of fraud and dishonesty to breed ready recruits for corruption. A good number of principals, lecturers, teachers, supervisors, invigilators and examination administrators entrusted with responsibility to protect integrity of the examination process are the very people that aid, abet and collude to perpetrate malpractice for monetary and other inducements,” the report said

Highlighting the roles of critical stakeholders for rebuilding moral infrastructure of education, the group said examination malpractices were not just about integrity of examinations or the integrity of examination boards, but about the competence, integrity and dependability of future medical doctors, pharmacists, nurses, teachers, judges and other professionals.

It called on the presidency to continue supporting organisations and initiatives aimed at promoting ethics, integrity and best practices in education.

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