- As Maj-Gen Mohammed Tasiu Ibrahim, Commandant Of NDA, Bags Exam Ethics Chief Master Marshal Award
The Campaign for Exam Ethics in Nigeria received a boost on 31st May 2017 with the inauguration of 150 academic staff of Nigerian Defence Academy as Exam Ethics Marshals in Kaduna. This followed their successful participation in the training programme organized by Exam Ethics Marshals International.
Exam Ethics Marshals are education stakeholders committed to code of ethical self- regulation and discipline in their duty posts; to unwavering insistence on best practices in spheres of operational and leadership influence; and to being models and mentors to pupils, students and other stakeholders. The new Marshals were inaugurated as pioneer members NDA chapter of Exam Ethics Marshals Movement with responsibility for sustaining the campaign for policy of best practices and zero tolerance for exam malpractice in the Academy.
The training empowered staff with knowledge, capacity and skills for administration of credible examinations based on global best practices in addition to equipping them with best practices reference and operational literature for the performance of their duties as Exam Ethics Marshals.
The climax of the opening ceremony was the announcement of Major-General Mohammed Tasiu Ibrahim, Commandant of Nigerian Defence Academy as winner of the Exam Ethics Chief Master Marshal Award. The Award, which is the highest honour bestowed by Exam Ethics Marshals Movement on Education Leaders in recognition of outstanding contribution to promotion of ethics, integrity and best practices in Education, will be presented to the Commandant in a special ceremony. General Ibrahim bagged the Award in recognition of his sustained commitment to policy of zero tolerance for examination malpractice and academic dishonesty in the Academy.
The Movement came into being in 1996 in response to the challenge of the rise of exam malpractice which is hopelessly compromising the code of honor, truth and integrity that ought to underpin the process of education; feeding and weaning leaders of tomorrow on diets of fraud, dishonesty and corruption; arming incompetent leaders, professionals and workers with undeserved certificates and licenses to destroy lives through failed projects and services.
Exam Ethics Marshals Movement is a not-for-profit, non-governmental membership organization of education stakeholders founded in Nigeria in 1996; with hundreds of thousands of members operating in Friend and Partner Institutions across Africa.
The Movement is registered under the laws of each country in which it is operating. In Nigeria, for example, it is registered under the Companies and Allied Matters Act of Federal Republic of Nigeria with all rights and privileges as a corporate and legal entity for the purpose of promoting ethics, integrity and best practices in education. The project is endorsed by National Council on Education, the highest policy organ in education of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In Ghana, the Movement is registered under the Companies Act 179 of 1963 (RC G-25,351). In Cameroon, it is registered under Law No 90/53 of December 1990 as amended by law No 99/11 of 20 July 1999.
It is now beyond the capacity and capability of any one government, one examination board, one regulator, one institution and one individual to combat examination malpractice considering the pervasiveness, scope, scale and complexity it has assumed. It calls for a serious countervailing organization of ethics friendly individuals, institutions and governments working together in the best tradition of collective responsibility and effort. It is for this reason that the Movement is building a net work of partners, facilitators and supporters.
Hundreds of institutions, agencies and organizations across Africa have partnered, facilitated and supported implementation of exam ethics project since 1996. They include: The Presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Nigeria National Council on Education; Federal, Regional and State Ministries of Education of various African countries; Universities; Polytechnics; Colleges of Education; United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; Federal Anti-Corruption Agencies; Law Enforcement Agencies; the Military; Labour Movements; Public Examination Boards; the Media; etc.
Ike Onyechere, MFR
May 30, 2017