The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB has advocated Inter-agency collaboration as to efficiently address the right against examination malpractices in Nigeria.
At the 23rd Exam Ethics Marshals International in Abuja, the Board’s Registrar, Professor Is-haq Oloyede said examination malpractices was a global phenomenon and should be confronted headlong by all stakeholders.
“Examination malpractices is a cankerworm that metarmophosised from instants in the past few decades to a monster that threatens the survival of the entire education system”.
“In the recent past, most inter-agency collaboration in the fight against examination malpractices has been with the security agencies , the police and the civil defence among others. While a lot of progress has been made, the menace is still rearing it’s head in new and sophisticated dimensions because perpetrators are becoming more creative and innovative,” he added.
The chairman of Exam Ethics Marshals International, Mr Ike Onyechere described the new dimension of exam malpractices as ‘close to money laundering, smuggling, human trafficking, kidnapping etc.’
The Convener of the conference emphasised that malpractices has gone beyond a matter of indiscretion by students who attempt to secure unfair advantage to organised criminal Enterprise with ready market willing and conniving parents and school operators.
He called for the same order of attention from authorities, to address exam malpractices, saying ”the scourge is yet to secure attention like other organised crimes.”
According to him,”the effects of examination malpractices cannot be quantified, it goes beyond the four walls of educational institutions, exam malpractices undermines the ability of education to serve as vehicle for individuals to identify their talents to serve humanity as teachers, lecturers Medical doctors etc.
“Examination malpractice leads to the production of leaders, professionals and workforce without character and learning,” Onyechere added.