The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, MSSN, has lamented over the increasing rate of examination malpractice in Nigeria.
Their statement is coming after 50 professional examination writers, including a self-acclaimed professor, were arrested for perpetrating examination malpractice in the 2019 United Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.
According to the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board, JAMB, the arrested fraudsters were master’s degree holders, postgraduate and undergraduate students of tertiary institutions.
Reacting to the development, the Amir (President) of Lagos state Area Unit of the MSSN, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, in a statement said:
“Judges are corrupt, teachers are corrupt. If these set of people are corrupt, the society is in a serious danger. When you are wrong, teachers are supposed to correct you. But in various schools teachers come at 8 am and write 7 am on the time book. A teacher who is a liar cannot reform a child. Collecting or giving bribes in government offices before getting a document is wrong and we should not do it.
“We have seen those that we believe to be decent to be corrupt. Corruption is so enormous in our society. We are training our members to be among the students in schools who will stand firm against examination malpractice. We need to know that examination malpractice can be best fought by students themselves. They must resist, it may not be easy, but they must insist that no teacher must teach any student in the examination hall.
The Muslim group added:
“If a student was helped to pass out of school and gets to a position, how will he believe that it is wrong to take bribe or help someone to do wrong is bad. We must be a reformer of the society.”
“This edition’s theme is chosen to address the rots in our society. We should also be reminded that self-reformation comes before societal reformation, be among the righteous ones. With societal reformation, the country will be free of vices which have engulfed our system of governance, justice; even religious setting are not left out of the rots. Go and reform the society, you have being trained,” he said.