Examination malpractice refers to any act or omission that is not in line with the norms of an examination. The scourge of examination malpractice has eaten deeply into the very fabric of the Nigerian educational system. Students freely engage in different forms of examination malpractices such as, bringing in already made answers into an examination hall and taking away answer sheets or booklets from the examination hall, unauthorized discussions during an exam, copying from books and/or papers and bringing in mercenaries to write exams.
Examination malpractice is indeed a social vice in Nigeria and it stems from the following causes:
Some parents exhibit nonchalant attitudes towards their children, leading to indiscipline. Most of these parents engage the services of mercenaries to write examinations for their children. Some of them even go as far as bribing teachers so that their children will not repeat classes.
A lot of Nigerian teachers do not take their jobs seriously. They take classes nonchalantly and no room for question and answer sessions. As a result, the students do not fully grasp the topics they learn, resulting in their engaging in malpractice to pass their exams. Some teachers even coax the students into paying money so that they could be assisted in the examination hall by the teachers.
Majority of students in Nigeria today have little or no interest in academics. Rather, they prefer party and waste away a lot of useful man-hours doing everything else except the very reason why they are in school. At the end of the day, they are left with no option than to engage in examination malpractice in order to pass their exams.
- The Government
The inability of the government to adequately fund the educational sector is also perceived to be an attribute of examination malpractice. the teachers are underpaid, which makes them vulnerable to bribery by the students and parents, the libraries are not well stocked, leaving the students with little or nothing to read, and learning facilities are not conducive. In the end, students engage in various forms of malpractice in a bid to pass their exams.