Simon Utebor, Yenagoa
The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, Bayelsa State chapter, has called on stakeholders to stem the tide of examination malpractices in schools in the state.
NAWOJ made the call in Yenagoa, the state capital, on Wednesday, during its campaign to check the vice in schools.
At the community secondary school, Famgbe, in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state, it was generally agreed that examination malpractice had negative implications for the development of the society.
Stakeholders, including journalists, teachers, parents and students, condemned the vice, pledging to forge a common front to tackle it headlong.
At the forum held at the hall of the Community Secondary School, Famgbe, a suburb of Yenagoa metropolis, the threat posed by examination malpractice to the nation’s educational sector was once more brought to the front burner.
The Chairperson, NAWOJ, Mrs. Maria Osumah, identified the poor attitude of pupils toward their schools and subjects, as well as teachers and parents’ attitude towards pupils and negative peer group influences pupils as some of the factors responsible for the existence of the vice in Bayelsa schools.
While calling on all stakeholders to work towards addressing the challenge, she urged pupils to work and study hard and develop positive self-esteem.
Osumah also urged parents and guardians to supervise their children and wards and discourage the practice of encouraging the them to cheat in exams.
The Principal of the school, Mrs. Tanize Thomas, said the intervention by groups such as NAWOJ on the issue of examination malpractices had become imperative given the indulgence of some students in the act.
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