Examination Malpractice: Causes and solutions to the problem

In this blog post, I will discuss the problem of examination malpractice. In details, I will explain What examination malpractice is all about, the causes of examination malpractice in Nigeria, Types and Forms of examination malpractice  and finally, I will provide some effective solutions to the problem of examination malpractice in Nigeria .

Let begin!

Examination malpractice
Examination malpractice is a criminal offence punishable by law.

What is examination malpractice?

Examination malpractice is an unacceptable behaviour exhibited by candidates or officials, charged with the responsibilities of conducting examination in or outside examination hall before, during or after such There are various techniques adopted by candidates to cheat before, during or after examination in order to obtain good grade which they do not really deserve. Examination malpractice is a criminal offence punishable by law.

Types of Exam Malpractice

The types of Examination malpractice especially in Nigeria are:

Plagiarism: Copying of another person’s ideas, text or other creative work, and presenting it as one’s own.

Falsification:  fraudulent changes of document or counterfeiting of data, information or reference sources.

Cheating during examination: an act of using helpful material for the exam but in a way that the examiner does not know about it.

Bribery: getting the examination questions and right answers before t the exam day or Paying Lectures Money to Give you Mark.

Causes of Examination Malpractice

•Lack of preparation
•Lack of self-esteem
•Hatred for school subject/teachers
•Poor study habit
•Lack of time management

Forms of Examination Malpractice

There are various forms of examination malpractice

•Writing on the palm/lockers

•Writing on tiny sheets of paper.
•Writing on white handkerchief
•Writing outside the examination hall

Evil Effects of Examination Malpractice

•Low self esteem/diffidence
•The products of examination
malpractice are square pegs in round
•Low moral and academic failure
•Always end up with unfulfilling dreams in their chosen career
•Serious professional incompetence
•Reduction of certificate value
Punishment by law – 21 y.r.s imprisonment)

How to curb Examination Malpractice

•Embrace effective study habit
•Work very hard
•Make use of past question papers
Regular attendance to school and
participation in class work, assignment, projects,tests,doing continuous assessment
•Trust in God


It is a systematic evaluation of the learner’s academic performance. It involves monitoring the student to know whether his/her academic
performance is improving,stable or
deteriorating. The evaluation system consists of continuous assessment
of each module/subjects to assess the performance of the learner

Advantages of Continuous Assessment

•The subject scheme of work is
strictly followed
•There is organized tests, assignments and projects
•It is made a part of teaching learning assessment.
•It enables the teacher to track the
improvement (if any) of the students.
•It helps students to achieve good
academic performance

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