THE NIGERIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
Volume 11, No. 1, (2013)
Value Orientation and Examination Malpractice in Higher Education in Nigeria: A Study of Anambra State
Ngozi G. Egbue & Bentina Alawari Mathias
Department of Sociology/Anthropology Faculty of Social Sciences Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
Examination serves as the major instrument for evaluating students’ knowledge; it is the foremost means of assessing the quality and quantity of knowledge a student has accumulated at the end of a teaching process. Thus, most students who have lower intellectual endowment or have not made full use of their studying time and opportunities are often tempted to engage in all forms of inappropriate examination behaviour to achieve success. Such students often utilize all existing resources at their disposal; and modern technology has become a veritable tool to circumvent standard examination practices. A sample of the opinions of students from three tertiary institutions in Anambra State was taken in order to examine the background factors and consequences of examination malpractice in the State. Recommendations were made for necessary social change geared at effecting appropriate examination behaviour among students so as to arrive at a healthier educational and employment environment.
Keywords: examination malpractice, penalty for malpractice, values, lecturers, Anambra