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Effects of examination malpractice enormous on society-JAMB PRO

Effects of examination malpractice enormous on society-JAMB PRO

The Head of Public Affairs Unit of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Dr Fabian Benjamin has charged stakeholders in the fight against examination malpractice not to relent.

The JAMB spokesman who said the menace has multiple implications for the society enumerated the different forms of examination  malpractice and listed measures taken by the Board to confront them headlong.

Dr Benjamin spoke in a paper he delivered at a workshop on “Examination Reporting in the 21st Century” organized by the Education Correspondents Association of Nigeria (ECAN) at Keffi, Nasarawa State.

He said “The Board a gatekeeper has been under intense pressure to ensure that the rules are not flouted and that no unqualified person is allowed to gain access into the nation’s tertiary institutions.”

He noted that examination malpractice in all its ramifications affects all facets of national life , adding that candidates for example are “discouraged from studying hard which makes them to cut corners , it can also lead to low productivity, poor job performance, bribery, corruption as well as certificate racketeering.”

“It is therefore glaring that examination malpractice has the propensity to breed dishonest citizens,” he stressed.

Dr Benjamin told participants at the workshop that it was common knowledge that the process of sitting the Board’s examination begins with the registration exercise and that it was at this point that some indolent candidates as well as some conniving parents concot plans to engage in multiple registrations aimed at compromising the process.”

Continuing, he said “Examination malpractice is perpetrated through deficient registration procedures, inducement of examination officials , collusion ,spying ,copying, among others.”

He noted that JAMB as a responsive organization has adopted proactive measures to address the menace of examination infractions.

Part of the strategies adopted, according to him, included monitoring of Computer Based Centres, Biometric Verification, use of CCTV, creation of candidates profiles during registration, embossment of photograph on all documents and the use of metal detectors and hand held scanners to screen candidates.

He said the Board would not rest on its oars to checkmate the antics of fraudsters as it would continue to come up with innovations designed to thwart their nefarious plans.

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