Curbing examination insecurity and its implications for the management of public secondary schools in Kogi east education zone of Kogi state
Shaibu Leonard, Yakubu Alih Alhaji, Igoche Linus
The paper investigated curbing examination insecurity in public secondary schools in Kogi east education zone of Kogi state. Two research questions guided the study. Descriptive survey was adopted for the study. 208 secondary schools and other examination management bodies such as Ministry of Education (MOE), West African Examination Council (WAEC), National Examination Council (NECO), Teaching Service Commission (TSC), Science Teachers’ Education Board (STEB) with the total population of staff to be 2510 served as respondents. A sample size of 250 (10%) respondents was used for the study. The instrument used was Examination Insecurity Assessment Barometer (EIAB). Analysis of research questions that guided the study was done by mean and standard deviation. From the analysis of the instrument the following results emerged: (1) leakage, swapping of scripts, smuggling of answer scripts into examination halls, dubbing, verbal or physical assault on examination administrators were discovered to be the nature of examination insecurity among public secondary schools in Kogi east education zone and (2) loss of principals’ respect, doubting of certificates from public secondary schools, discrimination against the candidates from public schools in terms of admission and employment, mass production of academic devils were discovered to be the implications of examination insecurity on the management of public secondary schools in Kogi east education zone. (3) Biometric data capturing in all public examinations, prohibition of mobile phone in examination hall, installation of Short Message Service (SMS) tracking devices at all examination centres that can access network, installation of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in all examination halls to check malpractices and swapping of examination centre supervisors were ways to curb examination insecurity in Kogi east education zone of Kogi state. The following recommendations amongst other things such as proliferation of data capturing, prohibition of mobile in examination hall, installation of Short Message Tracking devices and Closed Circuit Television cameras in all examination centres were made.