The Acting Head, Department of Arts and Social Sciences Education, University of Lagos, Prof. Carol Opara, has said that government’s inability to provide adequate infrastructure in schools, as well as the low moral values of parents, are major factors contributing to the spate of examination malpractices in the country.
She gave this explanation on Thursday in an interview with our correspondent.
Opara explained that pupils alone could not be blamed for the rising cases of examination malpractices, as it was actually a ‘vicious cycle.’
She said, “Malpractices really start from the home. In many homes, the value system has gone upside down. Presently, most parents debase parenthood by offering gratifications to teachers so that their children can have the success they do not merit. In such cases, the child grows up to see malpractices as the norm.”
She added that it would take a lot of efforts from all stakeholders in the education sector to reverse this negative trend.
“On the part of government, we all agree that overpopulated classrooms will aid malpractices. The government needs to do quite a lot in improving school infrastructure, she added.
Opara, who advised that teachers should be well remunerated, stressed that it would engender professionalism.
“Also, I want to advise that teachers and invigilators should be well remunerated. These welfare packages are motivations to imbibe the spirit of professionalism and integrity,” she explained.
She advocated that schools should teach more moral values, while parents should import traditional culture into western education.