Zero Tolerance Has Reduced Cases of Examination Misconduct… CU Examination Officers
The zero tolerance policy on examination malpractice by the Examination and Timetable Committee of Covenant University has started yielding huge dividends, as the number of cases of examination misconduct dropped significantly at the just concluded Omega Semester.
The Examination Officer, College of Development Studies, Dr. Ajibade Jegede commended the promptness of the invigilating officials to their assignment. According to him, “There has been a measure of firmness and control this time around, in getting the individuals carry out their statutory duties.”
Dr. Jegede stated that unlike last semester, there has been a decline in examination malpractices. “Thus far we have recorded just one. This could be attributed to the thoroughness brought to bear on the assignment by the invigilators.”
He added that the improvement recorded in the Omega Semester examination could be consolidated upon if subsequent examination must be hitch free. In his words, “We are celebrating a measure of success here, but there are still gaps to be filled.”
His counterpart in the College of Science and Technology, Dr. Mayowa Ajibola lauded the logistics put in place by the University Management, as it enabled the semester examination to run seamlessly and what would have amounted to hitches were smartly taken care of.
According to him, “Thus far we have recorded only three cases of examination misconduct by students in the college, unlike the 10 cases we recorded during the last semester examination. This can be attributed to adequate sensitization of our students and invigilators to what amounts to exam malpractices.
“We sensitize both students and invigilators, because there are examination misconducts for students as well as for invigilators, and we can see the effect on the just concluded examination.”
Dr. Ajibola noted that with spirituality being the central theme in the University’s core values, coupled with the strict adherence with the zero tolerance policy towards examination malpractice, with the faculty and staff playing crucial roles in helping the students understand the implication of their action on their lives, families and future, it is just a matter of time before the University records zero misconduct during examination.
Giving an insight into the successes recorded at the end of the examination, the Chair, Examination and Timetable Committee, Dr. Shalom Chinedu said the semester examination to round-off academic activities of the 2013/2014 academic session was hitch free and one of the best ever experienced in the 11 years of the University.
Dr. Chinedu noted that reports that have been received from the Colleges have been very impressive, with a significant drop in the incidences of examination malpractices. According to him, “The University’s Management position has been one of zero tolerance on examination misconduct and that is what we want to maintain. As we can see, it is coming back with good results.”
He said the current feat was the outcome of precautionary measures put in place to even help the students forestall the tendencies towards malpractices, embarking on enlightenment campaigns at every available opportunity to advise against thinking any form of malpractice and empowering the invigilators to act within the gamut of the rules and regulation governing examinations in the University.
Dr. Chinedu averred that the University’s Examination and Timetable Committee would continue in this path through consistent enlightenment of the students and the entire university community on the need to sustain what has been achieved this semester.
On students’ compliance to attendance requirement, Dr. Chinedu decried failures of some students to come with their evaluation form to the examination venue due to one reason or the other. According to him, one of the rules governing the admission of students into examination hall is that they should come with their duly signed evaluation form showing they are registered and eligible for the examination they want to write.
In addition, he stated that a number of students were sent out of the examination venue because they did not come into the examination hall with their evaluation form or failure to meet the 75% attendance requirement.
He stated that any student that is in school but fails to attend classes, could only mean he/she is somewhere else and maybe doing something wrong, because the lecture timetables are carefully planned in a way that there cannot be clashes of lectures, that would warrant a student to miss one class for another.
He promised that his committee and other relevant committees in the University would from next session put in place mechanisms that will monitor from the start of each semester the attendance compliance level of each student, instead of waiting until examination period to make them answer for their failure to attend classes.