Unilorin Students Hide Exam 'Expo' Under Native Attires
Practically everyone who went to secondary school in any part of the world either engaged in or witnessed first hand -the act of examination malpractice.
In Illorin, the Kwara state capital, students appear to have perfected the act.
They constantly wear native attires to examinations. Most times they are fully loaded with expo (materials for malpractice) as it is popularly called.
Authorities at the University of Ilorin say they will henceforth subject students such flowing garments to body search.
The Registrar of the university, Dada Obafemi, said on Thursday that for avoidance of doubt students would be thoroughly screened before entering exam venues.
“Please, note that while caps are allowed into the examination halls, they will be thoroughly checked.
“All Deans are requested to take note of the above for due compliance by their staff and students, who are involved in examinations as the University is set for the Harmattan Semester Examinations for 2016/2017 Academic Session.
“It has come to the notice of authority that students wearing some attires, including native dresses to the examination venues will require close scrutiny,’’ the registrar said in a circular.
Students No Longer Read
Earlier in Abuja, the issues of examination malpractice had topped discussions between the News Agency of Nigeria and educationists. They asked parents to caution their children.
Mrs Fatima Abba, a don, decried the increase in cases of malpractice in Nigeria, particularly among students in higher institutions.
"Most students no longer read, they prefer relying on other dubious sources to pass their examinations with the knowledge, support and consent of their parents and some dishonest staff," she said.
Abba stressed the need for attitudinal change, especially among students, adding that the effects of examination malpractices would affect every sector because it produced unqualified persons in the society.
“It is not solely the responsibility of the government to fight examination malpractices, everyone needs to also key into the fight against the anomaly.
“This is because its effects will be felt by everyone where we have unqualified practitioners in every sector.
“That is why we have so many graduates who cannot defend their certificates, because they did not work for them, some have no knowledge on how to justify their certificates in places of work,” she stressed.
Also, a secondary school teacher, Mr Moses Bobai, blamed some parents for encouraging their children to rely on alternative means of passing examinations.
“At times, it is even some parents that will come and beg that they want their children to be assisted in whatever way, to enable such children pass their Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations and secure admission into higher institutions.
“They come with all sorts of pleas, monetary enticements, gifts and some even go to the extent of threatening a teacher to ensure that their children come out with good results.
"This they do not minding the fact that such children might not be able to do well in future.
“Government can really put a stop to examination malpractices if it wants to, by prosecuting both the students, parents, schools and even officers and the examination bodies involved.
“When government starts doing that, it will serve as deterrent to others," she stated.
Mrs Victoria Joseph, a primary school proprietress, said recently she had cause to disengage a staff from her school because she was not performing as expected.
“I recently had to call off the services of a teacher I employed because she was not contributing toward improving the knowledge of her students.
“Even though she had a very good result from one of the prestigious universities in the country but could not speak good English, much less teaching effectively.’’
Joseph further appealed to education officials to engage in continuous supervision of schools, particularly higher institutions to ensure effective performance of students.