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Quality Asurance: A Practical Solution To Examination Malpractices In Nigerian
Department of Educational Management,
Faculty of Education,
University of Ilorin
This paper focuses on quality assurance as a solution to examination malpractices in Nigerian
secondary schools. An examination is an instrument for decision-making on the performance and
consequently the job opportunity and educational advancement for an individual. Therefore, many
examinees would want to pass by all means, their abilities notwithstanding. Examination malpractice
occurs every year and it seems to have defied solutions. It has negative consequences on the examinees
and the education system. Using quality assurance strategy, inputs of high standard teachers, students,
facilities, curriculum and education policy into the education system would be ascertained. School
managers are to monitor the inputs and ensure proper processing so that relevant and adequate
knowledge would be acquired. Thus, this paper recommends that there should be quality inputs and
processing of all resources. It also recommends that automatic promotion should be discouraged and
that there should be moderate class-size.
In Nigeria, education has been adopted as an instrument for national development.
Therefore, governments, communities, private organizations, and individuals have
established educational institutions with a view to training the citizens for the development
of the nation’s physical and human resources. In these institutions, teaching and guidance
activities are supposed to take place so that appropriate skills and knowledge can be acquired
by the students. Furthermore, a machinery, through which the extent of knowledge and skill
acquisition is determined at each stage of education has been set up. This is in form of
examination which would be organized in order to evaluate, assess and test knowledge and
skills. The outcome of...
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