Lagos - Some stakeholders on Tuesday urged decentralization of examinations for admission into tertiary education institutions to check malpractices.
The stakeholders made the suggestion in interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Lecturer Lekan Adeyemi told NAN on telephone that desperation to pass the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and other external examinations had pushed many candidates into cheating.
Adeyemi, who teaches at the Federal University of Technology, Effurun, Delta, said that centralization of the examinations made them too competitive with many candidates believing they would have to cheat to pass.
He said that decentalization of the examinations would reduce the competition.
Fidel Morah, a school proprietor, suggested that UTME should not be the sole determinant of admission into tertiary schools.
Morah, the Proprietor of the Fidel Madona College of Excellence, Iba, Lagos, told NAN that tertiary school administrators should give equal recognition to success in UTME and excellence in `secondary school examinations.
He said that this would enable candidates who did not score very high in UTME but had excellent secondary school results to secure admission.
A Senior Secondary School Examination candidate, Juliet Okafor, told NAN that examination malpractice persisted because the Nigerian society placed much emphasis on paper qualification instead of competence.
She said that candidates cheated in examinations in desperation to pass and get certificates instead of studying to acquire knowledge.