Examination mal-practices and how they can be curbed

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There is no doubt that examination mal-practices have devalued the worth of our certificates. It has become a malignant tumor that has defied the knife of the surgeon. Experts have written on this issue and solutions proffered but it was taken with levity. The examination bodies know that they have lost the battle against all forms of mal-practices. They know resort to the cancellation of results and this makes many innocent people suffer.

The solution to the problem of examination mal-practices should start from the grassroots. Good teachers should be employed in both primary and secondary schools and they should be well paid in order for them to be dedicated. There should be no mass promotion of students. Once a student fails his examinations, he should be asked to repeat the class no matter how highly placed the parents may be.

The teachers must cover the syllabus and the students have to be given assignments from time to time.

The teachers must correct these assignments. Teaching facilities have to be provided. Students have to buy all relevant textbooks. A class should not be more than forty students in order to enable the teacher supervise the students and mark their papers.

When the students are well taught, they will not engage in examination

mal-practices. Only the students the authorities deem fit will be promoted to the final year. The student has to pass English and Mathematics in the penultimate year before he or she is promoted to the final year class.

There is no use presenting two hundred candidates for an examination while only one hundred students are likely to pass the examination. This is one of the causes of examination mal-practices.

Names of examination cheats and their photographs should be published and they should be prosecuted. There...