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Examination malpractice in Nigeria, causes and solutions

len Alfred Ajibola - 28th December, 2022 @ 02:49 PM

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Academic Questions in Civic Education

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value that belongs naturally to someone is said to be _____.

  • A. Self

  • B. Neutral

  • C. Humane

  • D. Positive

  • E. Negative

  • F. Intrinsic

A traffic offender mandated to clean the roads is said to have carried out community service.

  • A. True

  • B. False

The following are solutions to cultism except _____.

  • A. The evils and dangers of cultism should be taught from primary schools

  • B. Government should legalize the use of guns so that students can protect themselves from cultist

  • C. Laws that discourage cultism should be passed into the constitution

  • D. Government should work to increase the standard of living in the society

  • E. Government should provide amnesty to encourage cult members renounce their membership

  • F. Religious groups should evangelize and pray for known cult members

With regards to cultism in Nigeria, the pyrates and magnificent seven was formed in which university.

  • A. University of Lagos

  • B. University of Ibadan

  • C. University of Ife

  • D. University of Calabar

  • E. University of Portharcourt

  • F. Ahmadu Bello University

The following factors may contribute to illiteracy in a society except _____.

  • A. Presence of academic structures

  • B. Culture

  • C. Poverty

  • D. Dyslexia and Dysorthogràphia

  • E. Corruption

  • F. Lack of awareness

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The above image shows a gallant Nigerian, Doctor Stella Ameyo Adedavoh who sacrificed her life in the act of service, during a disease outbreak in the country. What disease outbreak was this?

  • A. Bird Flu

  • B. COVID-19

  • C. Monkey Pox

  • D. Ebola

  • E. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

  • F. Chicken Pox

Which of the following is not an obligation of a citizen?

  • A. Payment of tax

  • B. Exercising the right to vote

  • C. Service as a jury when called upon

  • D. Fighting crimes without any need of reporting it

  • E. Ready to defend the country

  • F. Engagement in community and volunteer services

A legal process through which a citizen of one country gains citizenship into another country is termed _____.

  • A. International pass

  • B. Residential pass

  • C. Nationalization

  • D. Naturalization

  • E. Green card

  • F. Internationalization

What is Examination Malpractice?

Examination malpractice is defined as a deliberate, fraudulent, an improper and illegal conduct contradicting the examination rules either before, during or after an examination, perpetrated by an examination candidate (examinee), or even the examiner, ultimately placing the examinee at an unfair advantage or disadvantage. It is considered as one of the contemporary social problems in Nigeria.

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An instance of examination malpractice perpetrated before an examination is seen in the forms of exam leakage and bribery. In this regard, students may offer lecturers bribe in order to have a copy of the exam questions days before the examination is written.

Examination malpractice carried out during the examination are typically seen in the form of bringing cheat sheet into the examination hall, impersonation, use of internet to get answers, collusion, giraffing and so on.

Instances of examination malpractice done after an examination may occur in the form of bribery. In this instance, the students involved may have written poorly during the examination, or in some cases, may even be absent from the examination. However, such students bribe the lecturer in order to pass their poorly written exam. Meanwhile, some female students may choose to offer their body (for sex) to the lecturer involved, in an attempt to pass their poorly written exam.

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Examination malpractice is more common in tertiary and secondary academic institutions. It is indeed a fundamental problem in the Nigerian educational system and has eaten deep into its root. In fact, examination malpractice centers had existed in Nigeria for various national exams like the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), General Certificate Examination (GCE) and Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). The malpractice examination centers for these aforementioned exams were popularly called special centers. Unfortunately, special centers became a norm in Nigerian examination at that point in time. However, the various examination bodies are working so hard towards reducing it to its barest minimum. Significant progress have been made in this regard.

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Understand that the use of examination is one of the main method employed in pupils and students assessment. Sadly, a good number of students in Nigeria carry out examination malpractice in an attempt to pass their exams.


Examination malpractice have been seen to occur in a variety of forms. These include bribery, absenteeism, impersonation, cheat sheet (or crib sheet), giraffing, exam leakage, intimidation, assault, collusion and sex for grades among others.

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Causes of Examination Malpractice

Below are the causes of examination malpractice in Nigeria.


  1. Laziness on the part of the student.

  2. Poor renumeration to teachers and lecturers.

  3. Lack of appropriate disciplinary actions on cheating students.

  4. Peer pressure and bad gangs.
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  5. Bribery.

  6. Fear of academic failure.
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  7. Poor academic policies by the government.

  8. Poor home training of pupils and students.

  9. Poor invigilation and supervision during examinations.

  10. Low self-esteem.
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  11. Poverty and inability to purchase academic materials.

  12. Poor teaching techniques and recruitment of unqualified teachers.

  13. Lack of sufficient information to students concerning examination malpractice.
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Solutions to Examination Malpractice

Below are solutions to examination malpractice in Nigeria:


  1. Government should create enabling polices that will promote education and learning in Nigeria.
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  2. Government and private schools should appropriately reward teachers and lecturers for their noble job.

  3. More Academic blogs like Len Academy should spring up to promote education in Nigeria and Africa at large.
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  4. Government and private schools should invest in their school's infrastructure.

  5. Appropriate disciplinary measures should be enforced on cheating students.

  6. Since charity begins at home, parent should appropriately train up their children and wards.
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  7. Government should encourage scholarships at various educational levels.

  8. Schools should start embracing the smart system of leaning.
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  9. Proper orientation of students on examination ethics.

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Amazing facts in Civic Education

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani education activist, and she is the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize award at age 17 in 2014, for her work as a child rights activist and champion of girls’ right to education

Canadians are so popular for being incredibly polite. For this reason, the province of Ontario in 2009 passed the 'Apology Act'. The apology act states that:

Saying 'sorry', which can be an expression of sympathy or regret can't legally be considered an admission of guilt or fault

Notable points in Civic Education

All human beings are entitled to a fundamental, inalienable, non-discriminatory, indivisible and universal rights which is termed human rights.

These fundamental rights of humans will allow each and every one of us to live in freedom, equality, fairness, respect, peace and justice.

There is neither discrimination nor distinction in human rights. It doesn't matter if you are are white or black, a Nigerian or a Chinese, male or female, physically challenged or physically complete, rich or poor, yoruba, igbo or hausa, christian, muslim, hindu or an atheist.

The point is: 'we all share the same human rights'.

Below are some of our rights as humans:

  • Right to life

  • Right to freedom, liberty and equality

  • Right to religion and belief

  • Right to food and shelter

  • Right to education

  • Right to a fair trial and to follow the due process of the law

  • Right to be free from torture

  • Right to innocence until proven guilty

  • Right to belong to a country. (Right to nationality)

  • Right to freedom of thought and speech

  • Right to live a life free from discrimination

  • Right to movement

  • Right to democracy

  • Please read on the fundamental human rights here

A citizen has the following rights:

  1. You have the entire right and privileges as defined in your country’s law.

  2. No one can take away your citizenship.

  3. You can hold a passport from your country of citizenship.

  4. You can pass your citizenship to your children.

  5. You don’t have to fulfill any minimum stay to become a citizen.

  6. Provided you have the passport of your country of citizenship, you are free to travel to any country which your country has travel agreement with.

  7. You can have dual citizenship.

A legal resident in a country has the following attributes within that country:

  • They must provide their bio-metric information.

  • They can enter their country of residence on many occasions. However, when they break any of the residents’ status, they may be denied further entry into the country of residence.

  • They are able to freely live, study, work and travel within their country of residence.

  • They will still utilize their international passport (from their country of citizenship) for travels, but not their resident card or permit.

  • They can become a resident after fulfilling their stay requirement. As an instance, one may become a resident when they had lived for 10 years in a country without any issues.

  • They can only naturalize (become a citizen) after faithfully living as a resident throughout the required number of years.

  • They can lose their residential status when convicted for serious crimes.

Please read more on the rights of citizens and attributes of residents here.

Cooperation can be defined as the process of coming together, working together and helping one another to achieve a common goal

According to A.W Green

Cooperation is the continuous and common endeavor of two or more persons to perform a task or to reach a goal that is commonly cherished

According to F.E Merrill

Cooperation is a form of social interaction wherein two or more persons work together to gain a common end.

There is this saying from the chairman of Microsoft concerning cooperation; and it goes thus:

Our success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning - Bill Gates

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