The Lectern: Examination malpractise

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In the last couple of months, Nigerian younglings tidied up secondary and most of them (hopefully) will go on to tertiary education. After four or five years (or seven or eight, oshe ‘carry-over’) they’ll finish and graduate into the world. Then they will hustle locate work in law firms, oil companies, audit firms, banks, hospitals, industries, markets, or maybe strike out on their own. It is at this point that they must now give back to society for all their years of childhood. It is also at this point that they must begin to manifest the fruits of the knowledge they gained through years of nursery, primary, secondary and tertiary education. Sadly, many of them will fail, and a reason is examination malpractice.

In July’s edition of The Lectern, Genevieve takes on this subject which she very passionately describes as “a canker-worm that our society has romantically embraced.” After reading it, I had a quiet moment of introspection after which the only thing I had to say was a prayer – Help our children, O God, to write their own f***ing exams. We need us some real pass marks. 

May July favor you, darling … especially if you have exams to write 😉





Exam malpractise


It is a canker-worm that our society (Nigeria) has romantically embraced. It is as old as examination itself. Examination malpractice is an act of breaching the right attitude to examination before, during and/or after an examination. Students, parents and even school authorities resort to examination malpractice in a bid to make cheap success. To the students, it is an avenue for making good results without studying; to the parents, it is the backup plan to make sure their wards do not resit exams; to the school authorities, it is product advertisement; and most painful of all, to the so-called external examiners, it is a get-rich quick scheme.


The right behavior is to circumvent examination malpractice through proper preparation which is in three stages. The first stage involves preparation which includes (but is not limited to) reading textbooks and notebooks, attending class, researching in the library and on the internet, and praying before the examination. Doing justice to the examination proper is the second stage and it involves arriving early at the venue, being focused in the exam hall, adhering strictly to instructions and attempting to answer the questions, cross-checking to correct mistakes and finally submitting your script on time at the end. The last aspect of preparation is praying to God of all knowledge and understanding to crown the efforts.


Regretfully, this is not the case in our society today. The coming of exam malpractice has been so welcomed in a way that our young students (the leaders of tomorrow) pay little or no attention to genuine preparations; they rather prepare by paying money to the teachers and school heads, which will in turn be used to ‘sort’ the external examiners of no integrity. And I ask: what is the fate of Nigeria if an external examiner sent by the ministry to make sure no malpractice is done by schools writing WASSCE, NECO exams, etc., can stand by while high-level malpractice is perpetrated in his/her presence? What then is the need of their role?


Ironically, what exam malpractice does to our society is slap us in the face while we roll around in bed with it. Our students have no drive to study anymore, they become lazy and unconcerned about aspirations; attending classes is mere formality. Eventually, we will produce graduates who lack vision, morally decayed students who have no memories of being educated even though they passed through school. And these ones will in turn become societal nuisances terrorizing the same parents, teachers, school administrators, and examiners who earned them cheap successes.


I cry out with a loud voice to our young students! Your destiny is in your hands. Do not allow anyone seduce you into a bad life with claims of loving or helping you. Rise and embrace your God-given gift of greatness through hard work; you can make it! All you need to do is work harder, study, attend classes, practice morals and healthy reading habits. Thirst for knowledge, possess the urge to know good and new things; ask questions and interact with mentors who can counsel you on career and life choices. Pray, ask for divine intervention and you will receive it. Decide today to unleash the genius in you; you can be the ‘Chinua Achebe’, ‘Steve Jobs’ and ‘Albert Einstein’ of our time. Only believe it.


Say No to Examination Malpractice!!!

Say No To Evil!!


By Genevieve Obijiofor

Genevieve Obijiofor





Genevieve loves art. She is a realist who thrives in the imagined world. She is also witty and never hesitates to express her opinions, with reasons to boot.



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