The fight against Examination malpractice is one thing that will persist for as long as students decide to engage themselves in the indecent and shameful practice. Although the West African Examinations Council continues to bare its teeth on candidates to desist from the practice, the rate at which students engage in the practice has not been different in successive years.
For instance, in the year 2014 (May/June), the entire results of 321 candidates were cancelled with 1,994 candidates having some of their subjects cancelled. In 2015 (May/June), out of the 268,771 candidates who took part in the exams, 1,859 had their subject results cancelled while 453 had their entire results cancelled. Also, it is reported that the West African Examinations Council withheld over 6,000 BECE results in 2015.
Although just a small percentage of students who register for the exam are caught in the act, I believe there are many others who are ‘smart’ enough to get away with their offense.
This article is especially to the ‘smart’ ones who get away with their offense. There are serious future consequences for such people. Like many people, I believe there are no shortcuts to success, and even if there are, they don’t lead to success.
To begin with, engaging in exam malpractice only proves how weak you are. Yes, it takes courage to engage in the act but have you wondered what it speaks of you? Integrity is one thing we all need to uphold. To lose our integrity as students will go a long way to affect our future. You may think it isn’t written on your forehead but the fact is, once you engage in the act, it becomes part of you and you get the idea of not being able to score an excellent grade without cheating.
It is not unusual to read about a number of students who are being dismissed from our universities for failing to meet the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA). Understand this, when you admitted into the university with straight A’s without actually working for it, you’ll be offered a much respected program to study. The problem now arises for you to keep up to standard, of which you cannot because your IQ has not been trained for that stage. Don’t deceive yourself by thinking you’ll lift up your game by studying harder than you did in Senior High School. What we study in the Junior High level is the foundation for what we are to study in Senior High level likewise the subjects we study in Senior High the basic foundation for the program we’ll be offered when we apply for university admission.
Note that as you cheat, you’re seen by visible men. Have you wondered how you’ll feel when you finally land on a top job and your friends keep saying it is because you cheated in exams. For the sake of your integrity, refuse to engage in examination malpractice.
It is important to note that YOU CAN PASS YOUR EXAM WITHOUT CHEATING. Don’t be discouraged when you do not pass your exam because you decided not to cheat. Those grades you had are typical of the preparation you did towards the exam. Cheating is not the way out. It will actually make your life more complicated than it maybe now. If you couldn’t make it the first time, change your strategy towards learning. Be more determined this time. Work much harder this time. It is unwise to do the same things and expect different results. You can make it without cheating. It is a seed you should you sow in your life. As you start it, surely you’ll lead your children into the same practice and it could become generational.
The nature of the world today does not necessarily need people only Ace their exam but also those who are able to translate what they’ve been thought in the classroom into real life. You do yourself no favor in cheating.
Consider these sayings of King Solomon:
“Better is the poor that walks in his integrity than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool”
“He that walks uprightly walks surely: but he that perverts his ways shall be known”
“There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof leads to destruction”
A sensible person sees danger and takes cover but the thoughtless pass on, and are punished”
Prevent your entire result from being cancelled; prevent being barred from writing the WAEC exam for 2 years. Do not take the path of destruction.
Put yourself together; refuse to be afraid of failing. Fear brings failure. Believe in yourself. Have faith in yourself and face the exam set before you.
Imagine how happy you’ll be when you pass your exam genuinely.
What then is the conclusion to all of the above?
Let the cheat no longer cheat, but rather, let him labor doing honest work with his own mind so that he may have something to share with the younger generation.
Note that, engaging in examination malpractice is a form of corruption. Refuse to be corrupt.
By: Jeffrey Nyabor