Arrest of persons that have committed examination malpractice is not the solution to the crisis, a Non-Governmental Organisation has said.

The Exam Ethics Marshal International (EEMI), believes that examination malpractice has contributed to why Nigeria's education standard continues to drop.

It says it will strengthen its collaboration with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related offences (ICPC) to check examination malpractice in Nigeria.

The Founding Chairman of EEMI, Mr Ike Onyechere, announced the plan in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday.


Onyechere said the large scale of corruption being experienced in the society was traceable to corruption in examinations which if not handled properly could jeopardise Nigeria's integrity.

He said that there were challenges militating against the continued fight against examination malpractice and other related vices which informed the decision of his NGO to partner with ICPC to check the trend.

The challenge of examination malpractice ranges from the use of sophisticated modern computer components, micro-chips and associated materials.

According to him, not too conducive examination environment, impersonation of candidates and nepotism have also been identified to have aided malpractice.

“As an organisation, we are keen to working tirelessly to stop the problems of exam malpractice encountered in our various education institutions.

"We find a lot of infractions in our education system and we make reports to the appropriate agencies.

"We work very closely with ICPC. This is because we cannot make any arrest but when we get a case of exam malpractice that has to do with corruption, fraud and extortions, we alert ICPC and they take it up.

"But like any other individual in this country, there are instances when something becomes so close to your heart and you seek leave of government to do prosecution but we have not reached that level," he said.

According to him, arrest is not the only measure one can use to curb malpractices, we are looking at other areas that we can deploy to curb the menace.

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He noted that prevention, sensitisation and getting people to change their mindset was key to eradicating malpractices in the education sector.

"Eradicating corruption is everybody’s responsibility and must start from the primary schools.

"Developing the minds of the young people to the dangers of malpractices will be translated to a nation with corrupt-free citizenry.

"If we must have a nation that is devoid of corruption, we must begin to tell our youths that examination malpractice is not an option to a bright future.’’