The Federal Government on Friday in Abuja expressed concern over the increasing rate of examination malpractices. It regretted that fraudsters had made about N375bn fortune in the past 15 years (that is, N25bn per annum).
The FG thus asked the National Assembly to enact a legislation making it possible for parents and employers to institute legal action against any institution turning out sub-standard graduates.
The Director-General of the National Orientation Agency, Mr. Mike Omeri, raised the alarm at a news briefing on the collaboration between the agency and Exam Ethics Marshalls International for the restoration of integrity to the conduct of examinations in Nigeria.
Already, the campaign to raise the integrity bar has been designed to be nationwide. It is expected to start from Lokoja, Kogi State, on Tuesday.
Omeri said reports prepared by a non-governmental organisation, Exam Ethics Project (NOA’s partner), showed that about 12 per cent of candidates who sat for Senior School Certificate Examinations were involved in examination malpractices, adding that the average Examination Malpractice Index ranks Nigeria poorly.
He said, “Examination malpractice has become a serious organised crime, as evident in some private schools that pride themselves as virtual magic centres; sale of marks, grades and degrees in tertiary institutions; outright theft and forgery of certificates.”