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Exam Malpractices in Educational Institutions in Nigeria: Implication For The Counselor

Write up on examination malpractice and its effects and how it affect counselors.

 

Abstract

The concern for quality and goal-oriented education in Nigeria necessitated this study. This is because a nation is driven by the quality of education provided for her citizens. However, education in Nigeria today can truly be said to be bedeviled by numerous problems one of which is examination malpractice. Thus, the paper discusses issues in examination malpractice, pointing out causes, consequences and the implications for the counselor. It also recommends ways of controlling the scourge.

Introduction/Definition Of Terms

It is true that no nation, can rise above the quality of education provided for her citizens. And since the advent of western education in Nigeria, examinations have being the major instrument used for the evaluation of learners (or students’ achievement). It is a means of assessing the quality and quantity or performance that an individual has accumulated at the end of a teaching process which may spread over a period of seventeen weeks: According to Adekate (1993), examinations are instruments used for the assessment of individuals skills and knowledge-content, both in general and specific areas of studies and over-all academic achievements.

To Liman, as cited by Arifayan (2004), examination in broad perspective is an instrument for testing, assessing, evaluation and accreditation. Thus in schools, examination is a potent instrument for judgment of knowledge or competence. On her own part, Alutu (2005) simply defined examination as a process of measuring how much knowledge a student in an institution of learning has acquired after exposing him/her to definite course of instruction.

Drawing upon all these definitions, examinations can rightly be said to be an indispensable tool in our educational system. In fact, examinations serve various functions. They are used mainly to determine students’ grades and award of certificate to candidates. Usually, certificates are awarded to only those candidates who pass the final examinations at the end of their course. Examination also serves as a means of selecting the best candidates for various purposes. Students are admitted into different institutions of learning on the basis of their scores in the stipulated qualifying examinations. Moreover, promotion of students within the institution/school is based on passing the examinations set for that purpose. In addition, examinations help the lecturers/teachers to evaluate their own work. The application of tests and examinations helps the lecturers/teachers to adjust or change his instructional strategies in the process of teaching and learning in the school system. If the student’s performance in examination is encouraging, then it indicates that the teachers’/lecturers’ methods of teaching are appropriate and efficient.

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  1. Loreta Dorington

    On June 23, 2008 at 9:00 pm


    Amazing. This is a well-written and a well-researched article if I may say so. Good job.

  2. Rookie Expert

    On June 24, 2008 at 10:18 am


    It’s a very very long article, so obviously a lot of work has gone into it! Cheating in examinations is common everywhere i guess. Like you mentioned, there could be various reasons for this and various ways to do it.
    I remember once a person got cought copying from a chit of paper that he had hidden in an empty medicine capsule. He had numerous other capsules, filled with answers. How do they even come up with such ideas? If only they put in that much time, effort and thought in learning the subject!!

  3. olatunde

    On September 21, 2008 at 9:23 am


    This is a very good research work,it really touches all the the areas of examination malpractices. Please keep it up. i would suggest you references.

  4. shokunbi

    On September 21, 2008 at 9:30 am


    This is a very good research work,it really touches all the the areas of examination malpractices. Please keep it up. i would suggest you add references.

  5. Seundelaw

    On November 19, 2008 at 4:09 am


    What a wonderful job….keep it up. Please try to include the references.okay

  6. ABUBAKAR ABDULLAHI IBRAHIM

    On December 15, 2008 at 5:37 am


    A very educative article please keep it up

  7. emmanuel

    On June 5, 2009 at 8:47 pm


    i belive that with this nigeria will change if they want to change go on and soeak the trut

  8. emmanuel

    On June 5, 2009 at 8:51 pm


    please writte the cause of this exam malpratice in nigeria and how they are the cause

  9. 4lachemmy

    On August 7, 2009 at 8:47 am


    The writeup is good. Please include the questionnaire you used.
    Thanks

  10. KAMIL ABDULRAHMAN

    On August 22, 2009 at 10:51 am


    IT IS TOO EARLY FOR ME TO MAKE COMMENT. I JUST COME ACROSS THE PAPER, QUITE FRANKLY I THINK IT IS GOOD BECAUSE IT ANSWER SOME BASIC QUESTION I AM LOOKING FOR.
    THERE IS AN ONGOIN WORK FROM ME WHICH LED ME TO THIS MATERIAL . I WILL GETB BACK TO YOU WHEN IN FINISH THE WORK

  11. kuboye

    On November 19, 2009 at 8:52 pm


    The writeup is good but try to include the references.

  12. Garba Yakubu

    On December 17, 2009 at 3:24 pm


    Job well done

  13. olawuyi amaechi

    On January 24, 2010 at 2:49 pm


    beautiful and creative writeup. please can i have anything on the implications of criminal act on academic performance of students in tertiary institutions

  14. ADEMOLA LATEEF

    On May 16, 2010 at 10:18 am


    A GOOD ARTICLE FOR STUDENT INVOLVED

  15. khadija bello ahmad

    On November 25, 2010 at 3:43 pm


    well done,n thank u this article realy helped me

  16. olubunnmi

    On January 25, 2011 at 6:50 pm


    this is great but pls try and indicate who are the causes of exam malpractice in nigeria

  17. AZUKA INNOCENT CHIBUEZE

    On February 15, 2011 at 4:10 am


    IS ACTUALLY GOOD,BUT WHY DIDNT U PUT THE REFERENCES,OR YOU DON’T WANT WE RESEARCHERS TO WRITE ON IT. PLEASE DO,
    THANKS
    AZUKA INNOCENT CHIBUEZE

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