The battle line has been drawn between examination fraudsters and examination fraud combatants, as the Exams Ethics Marshal International brainstorms new ways of curbing the menace in the African continent.
These and many other burning issues were discussed during a three-day conference and awards organized by the Exams Ethics Marshal International, held at the University of Calabar (UNICAL) International Conference Hall recently.
The participating countries were Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroun, Tanzania and Liberia.
Speaking at the conference, the founding chairman of the group, Mr. Ikechukwu Onyechere disclosed that Exam Ethics Marshal’s international was set-up by people of like minds to provide a platform to deal with the challenge of dwindling quality of education across the continent.
He said there was urgent need for collective effort by all stakeholders to fight against unwholesome practices in the educational system, adding that the organisation was ready to raise an army of exam ethics marshals who would work in various ministries of education to improve quality of education in the society.
“Our role in life is not money; our situation in life should not lead us to cutting corners in education. Every stakeholder has his/her role to play; it must start from ourselves,” he said
He added, “We are here to raise an army of exam ethics marshals. Our target is that by 2015, we should be able to have over one million marshals working in our education ministries.”
Onyechere noted that parents are the first custodians of any law in examination “there is need for value and re-orientation because money alone cannot solve all the problems needed to make a change in this great fight.
Why is it that our schools are producing fake medical doctors, lawyers, architect and other disciplines without requisite skills need to handle those jobs i must say that we are producing licence assassins who enter the theatre to kill innocent citizens, i was marvelled when heard that examination was fixed for law students in one of the universities and later cancelled because of the recent ASUU strike what calibre of lawyers do we intend to produce.” He asked.
He added “morals values are fast eroded in our society parents, community leaders, church leaders, and political leaders have a vital role to play too.”
On measures to resuscitate the standard of education, Onyechere said “ for our education sectors to come alive we need to fund our schools adequately by providing infrastructure and policies review.”
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