The Delta Government has inaugurated Examination Ethics Marshals to promote best practices in its higher institutions of learning.
The State Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof. Hope Eghagha, who inaugurated the marshals at a Seminar on Exam Malpractices in Asaba, urged the marshals to be committed in their assignment in order to instill discipline in all the institutions and stamp out examination malpractices.
The commissioner said exam malpractice had become endemic and enemy of society, adding that it was perpetrated by lecturers and students.
He blamed parents who aided their children in perpetuating exam malpractice, saying that such situations would no longer be tolerated as knowledge must be genuinely acquired.
Eghagha said that exam malpractice occurred as sexual harassment, buying examination questions and many other ways.
The commissioner said that the consequences of exam malpractice were detrimental to the society for people not professionally qualified to take over the mantle of leadership, especially the medical profession.
Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Abednego Ekoko of Delta State University, described exam malpractice as a universal disease that had eaten deep into the fabrics of the Nigerian educational system.
He said that the essence of the seminar was to enlighten the students on the ills of exam malpractice.
Ekoko said that with the inauguration of the marshals, exam malpractice and its harmful impacts on the society would be reduced.
He said the overall gain of checking examination malpractice would be remarkable development of the country.