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Group Wants President Buhari to Tackle Corruption in Education Sector

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examination-malpractice-640x250A group, Exam Ethics Marshals International, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to include the educational sector in his anti-corruption war, saying that examination malpractices have become an organised crime in the country.

The group also proposed an eight-point programme of action to kick-start the agenda.

– See more at: http://bizwatchnigeria.ng/group-wants-president-buhari-tackle-corruption-education-sector/#sthash.o23dQW4G.dpufAccording to a statement signed by its founding chairman, Ike Onyechere, the group alleged that the corruption in the nation’s education sector is being carried out by government officials in the ministries and examination councils.

While also noting that examination syndicates is a multi-billion naira industry, the pressure group insisted that lack of political will to prosecute indicted officials has made examination malpractices attractive and risk-free.

“The street value of organised exam fraud operated by syndicates is estimated to be in excess of N100bn per year. In Nigeria, exam fraud syndicates operate with extreme impunity because it is risk-free on account of lack of political will to implement sanctions and because almost all categories of stakeholders, including some political leaders, are members of exam fraud syndicates.

“In 2007, the Ministry of Education released a blacklist of 324 schools operating as Magic Centres. Among the schools blacklisted are those operated by faith-based organisations, state government, private proprietors and law enforcement agencies.

“The ministry also released a blacklist of 232 individuals removed as examiners, supervisors and invigilators of public examinations for aiding and abetting malpractices. Among them are officials of federal and state ministries of education. They were supposed to suffer administrative and other sanctions, but nothing happened after the names were advertised in national newspapers,” he added.

Among other measures, the group canvassed that the Buhari administration should re-launch the examination malpractice initiative to name and shame invigilators, supervisors and schools involved in examination malpractice; revalidation of the educational qualification of all workers in the education ministries, agencies and institutions; direct examination bodies to publish names of candidates barred from taking examinations, as well as other measures in the tertiary education sub-sector.

– See more at: http://bizwatchnigeria.ng/group-wants-president-buhari-tackle-corruption-education-sector/#sthash.83zguNXa.dpuf

June 18, 2015 |

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