NOA TO COMMENCE CAMPAIGN ON EXAM ETHICS IN SIX NEW STATES
As one of the sectoral approaches to the “Do The Right Thing: Transform Nigeria” campaign the National Orientation Agency (NOA) is set to commence the second phase of the sensitization programme for Raising Integrity Standards in the Conduct of Examinations in Nigerian Educational System.
The Director General of NOA, Mr. Mike Omeri says the Agency plans a nationwide massive campaign that will ensure that the integrity of examinations in Nigeria returns to the standard obtainable in the period before 1970 when malpractices is said to have appeared within our educational institutions.
Already, private sector stakeholders, faith based organisations, regulatory agencies like WAEC and JAMB, security organizations like the Police and the Civil Defense, the legislature are hoping that the outreach to mark the commencement of the second phase in Yola, capital of Adamawa State will raise the awareness among the populace.
Mr. Cyprain Ikyoh, Director of Mass Mobilization in the Agency said in an interview that the impact of the programme so far has been significant in the areas of public awareness and stakeholder support.
“The programme has gotten the kind of support and excitement of stakeholders in such a way that justifies the Director General’s idea that the matter is indeed urgent, and the impact is also very encouraging. With just the first phase involving six states, a number of organizations are seeking partnership to further carry out the campaign.
“The idea is to do the programme in batches of six states for every phase and let the state directorates of the Agency continue the campaign with local programmes in the wards and Local Governments to bring awareness to this menace. The current phase will include Delta, Plateau, Ebonyi, Ogun, Adamawa and Kano States. The Adamawa event is planned to reflect this approach”, he concluded.
The first phase of the campaign to restore integrity in the conduct of examinations was launched in Lokoja, Kogi State with a clear objective to sensitize students, teachers, parents and other stakeholders on the dangers and implications of examination malpractices in Nigeria, including the scope and dimensions of the scourge in schools. It also sought to empower stakeholders with strategies for combating the menace in the society. Five other states were involved in the phase including Zamfara, Bauchi, Edo, Oyo and Anambra.