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Exam Malpractice: EKSU Set to Expel a Lecturer, and Scores of Students.

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No fewer than 200 students of Ekiti State University (EKSU), and a lecturer, all of who are currently being tried by the senate committee on examination misconduct, risk being expelled from the institution if found guilty.

Also, another batch of about 10 members of staff selling fake examination clearance certificate, known as ‘Green Card’ to candidates, have been arrested by the institution’s security personnel.

According to a statement made available to our correspondent in Ado Ekiti by the Assistant Registrar, Mr. Olubunmi Ajibade, the affected students and lecturers were accused of stealing question papers and writing examinations inside a TV viewing centre outside the campus, during the second semester of 2010/2011 session.

According to Ajibade, the offence may see those found guilty expelled from the university.

The statement added that the suspects involved in the sale of fake examination clearance certificates were members of academic and non academic staff. They were said to have been caught selling the exam permit to students at N3,000 each.

The school authorities introduced the permit to stop students who were indebted to the institution from the second semester examination. But the indicted officials allegedly circumveted the rules and help themselves to make quick money by selling the certificates.

The EKSU’s spokeperson, who confirmed this, said 20 students were caught buying the fake exam clearance certificates from the officials.

Meanwhile, several mini cyber cafes operating on campus have been sealed off after a raid on their
stands by a combined university security outfit on campus.

The closure of the cyber cafe and computer centre was as a result of the discovery of printing of fake admission letters from the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for unsuspecting students. Some 10 cyber cafe operators on the campus were said to have been arrested for their alleged involvement in this crime.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Patrick Aina, vow to rid the university of undesirable elements, warning that any students found disrupting examination or presenting fake papers for admission would be espelled.

Similarly, security men at the university last week foiled attempt by some students to disrupt the examination. The security men stormed their hideout, a beer parlour at Iworoko, following a tip off. But the students escaped before they could be arrested.

The students, numbering about 20, were said to have to have gathered at the beer parlour with a plan to disrupt the ongoing examination.

The Chief Security Officer of the institution, Captain Augustine Ajayi (rted), was said to have led the invasion of the hideout to drive away the hoodlums.

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  1. bobmark

    February 19, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Rubish,eksu is full of corrupt staffs especial in their way of addmisn.Imagine an institution which declare 50 as their cut off mark and somebody with 55 above can not be addmitd bt another person with 50,51,52 and above got admitd in d same dptmnt through bribery………..Na dem sabi jor

  2. bobmark

    February 19, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Rubish,eksu is full of corrupt staffs especial in their way of addmisn.Imagine an institution which declare 50 as their cut off mark and somebody with 55 above can not be addmitd bt another person with 50,51,52 and above got admitd in d same dptmnt through bribery………..Na dem sabi jor.

  3. Cyril Ogbesetuyi

    April 18, 2013 at 2:09 am

    What a university in Nigeria.? I was there some few years ago as a student and graduated.It is a pity that incessant changing of the university’s name has invalidated the institution oversea.After, I took my transcript to a job fare in United States, one of the recruiters was asking me if I was sure this is a university.I would not stop there, I quickly asked him why, he said no reliable institution with good intention for its graduates will have the time to change the name of the university four times within twenty years.I agreed with him. He said each time a university changes name its goodwill diminishes.I could remember the university had similar problem that borders on bribery and corruption in 2002 when its Accounting department was accused of awarding marks to non deserving students and thus led to withdrawal of ICAN accreditation from the school.It’s pity that Ekiti people will continue to fold their arms while the only resource is being daily marred.However, for those who did there job very well as students, they will stand out wherever they find themselves. it is tough to study under intense and unfriendly atmosphere of the university and return back home with questionable degree.The university is mine.!
    I salute the courage of the vice chancellor of the university and determination of the disciplinary committee of the university to fish out the bag eggs among its students and lecturers.There is a need for rigorous overhaul of the academics and students community.The university must strengthen its ethical standards.Lecturers should be mandated to take classes on professional ethics and their commitments and resolve to abide at all times must be in writing.
    God bless Ekiti State University.
    God bless Nigeria.

    Cyril Ogbesetuyi
    BSC(UNAD), ACA, CIA, CISA, CFE.
    Is a project Manager and head of contingency planning ,
    Walmart Inc.USA.

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No Agreement Yet To Suspend Strike ― ASUU

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No Agreement Yet To Suspend Strike ― ASUU

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has denied reports suggesting that it agreed to call off the ongoing strike after meeting with the Federal Government negotiation team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige on Friday, November 27.

Recall that the union and the Federal Government had reached an agreement to call off the ongoing ASUU strike after the government reportedly increased its offer for Earned Allowances and funding for the revitalization of public universities to N70 billion.

Reacting to the report, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President has denied knowledge of any agreement to call off the strike.

Also Read: ASUU Agrees To Call Off Strike As FG Increases Payment To N70b

He stressed that at the meeting, it was only agreed that the union should convey the Government message to their organs and get back to Government.

The ASUU President told reporters on Saturday morning: ” I am not aware of that. All I know is that we had a meeting and we are going to report to our members. But I don’t know about suspension of the strike.”

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ASUU Agrees To Call Off Strike As FG Increases Payment To N70b

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Friday agreed to call off their eight-month-old strike.

The decision was reached during a meeting in Abuja between the union and the federal government delegation led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige.

Also Read: I Have Three Of My Biological Children In Nigeria Public Universities -Ngige Blows Hot As ASUU Strike Continues

Based on agreements between the two parties, the government also promised to increase the total payment to the union to N70 billion.

The government stated that it would pay N40 billion as the Earned Allowance and N30bn for the revitalization of the university system to bring the total to N70 billion.

The FG further agreed to settle the arrears of salaries of the lecturers before December 4.

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Online examinations and their security with navigation control

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Since our movement into the online examination ecosystem, test takers go on to showcase exceptional levels of creativity when it comes to the question on how to crack an exam. In fact there has to be a visible transformation on how candidates plan to pass the exams with flying colours. In the midst of this the candidates end up resorting to some common ways where they end up cheating during an exam

  • Impersonation- Once you use an impersonator or a proxy opting for online exams is a common type of cheating. Students are bound to leverage with the inability of the invigilator to figure out the real exam test takers.
  • External help – you might end up seeking help from friends or relatives who might be sitting beside the monitor. Holding placards with answers is another way where you can cheat during an exam
  • Employment of digital device- smartphones, Bluetooth devices are some of the common ways by which you can cheat during the course of an online exam. They are put to use in order to surf on the web or when you receive information.

Such assertions do not indicate acts of dishonesty in any manner. A proctored exam is going to be of immense help during the course of an exam. A common perception exists that cheating in an online exam is a lot easier than a traditional exam. In a way students employ tactics so they have to succeed academically without the need to be working hard.

But with the use of technology the exams are bound to become cheat free. The question that come to the fore is how honest is the person who is appearing for an exam than merely answering the exam. With the use of proctoring technologies you are in a position to cope up with this issue and the robust features enable the institutes to secure their online examination while maintaining integrity.

Another point of consensus is how it is possible to remote monitor things on what happens in the backdrop of a computer screen. There is no need for them to be aware on what is happening in the backdrop. But still the hack list that is adopted by students works out to be expensive. Still this logic does not hold any value and cheating is a common act.

The type of cheating on the screen

Copy paste

In a conventional exam one of the common types of cheating works out to be copy paste. Be it keeping the answers already who are in document mode or the study material from a separate document, such traditional forms of cheating have gone on to evoke positive response among the students. To be glued to the screen is also a way of misleading an invigilator who does not possess any type of information while observing the screen. He is not going to flag it off as a major cause of concern.

Mirror and screen sharing

When you are sitting for an exam from a remote location, candidates often end up relying on multiple software and the use of mirror apps does appear to be one of them. By the use of this app it allows another person access to the screen of the computer and they can give you answers. Even the students are known to be using Google docs during the course of tests where they go on to review or edit the response of other person and then share it with the invigilators.

Online browsing

With the power of the internet online cheating has gone on to become a walk in the park. An individual who relies on an unfair means is going to switch from an exam, as it can be the use of  various websites , social media sites or other sources choices to locate answers of their choice. Just you have to past the answers on to the URL and figure out the best solution from where you can plagiarize the answers.

Relying on the use of external devices

For example the likes of USD or a blue tooth device is easy to conceal and it makes them difficult to detect. Even the smart devices work out to be standard devices when it comes to the question of on screen cheating. Be it before or during the course of the test the students are going to plug it for their easy use.

Another possibility is to configure your computer with blue tooth before you sit for the exam. Even directly copying from them is easy for the tech centric students. A secure exam browser might be of help in such cases. This same logic holds true for blue tooth integrated devices or smart watches that rely on providing answers to the students.

Task switching

Regularly switching from one screen to another is a method of cheating that works out to be a common task. Even you are going to use keyboards or short cut controls that enables the task of cheating and makes them accessible in an easy way.

The worst part is that students continue to exploit the vulnerabilities despite the fact that there are proper control mechanisms in place so as to curb cheating. But once you adopt technology it goes a long way in making the exams safe and secure. There is no need to regularly deploy the IT staff or the browser of the student so as to adhere to the rules. There is a need to formulate a solution that integrates with the students need during the course of an examination. In fact the need of the hour is a robust and a credible platform that goes full out to prevent the possibility of mishaps during the exams. Not only it means deployment of technology but it is going to prevent any form of violation during the exam. There are a series of software that restricts the possibility of cheating to a major
extent.

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