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“Exams malpractice affects development in Sierra Leone”

-FBC lecturer observes

December 13, 2017 By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma & Yusufu S. Bangura 

 Lecturer at Fourah Bay College (FBC), University of Sierra Leone, Dr. Sallieu Kabba Sankoh, has observed that examination malpractice was affecting the country’s economic growth and every other developments.

While speaking during the Common Wealth Alumni Association meeting at the St. Joseph Convent Secondary School in Freetown, Dr. Sankoh reminded pupils that cheating in examination has caused the nation a lot from producing quality graduates to poor quality of education.

He encouraged pupils to be serious with their academic work and desist from exams malpractice, if they were yearning to access Common Wealth Scholarship provided by the United Kingdom government.

Dr. Kabba, who also doubles as a Common Wealth Alumnus, said pupils are well prepared in schools but noted that most of them failed to adhere to the core academic work and resort to exams malpractices, which in turn would yield no impact to them and the society at large.

 “Examination malpractice starts before, during and after exams, were students writes their phone contacts in return for examiners to call them to fraud during exams ,‘’he said.

He blamed teachers that they were responsible for malpractice in public examinations on the grounds that many of them were impatient and do not have time to effectively teach kids.

Also speaking was Abubakarr Turay, who said they decided to target St. Joseph because it’s a grade ‘A’ school, and that they wanted to inspire children to work hard so that they would stand a chance to win the scholarship someday when they might have finished their undergraduate degrees in their respective universities.

‘’I want to advise you to be listening to radio, watch television and be conversant with the day to day happening  across the country,” he said.

Mrs. Rachel Parker, Vice Principal of St. Joseph Junior School said they were happy to receive Common Wealth Alumni Association to their school and address pupils on the issue of examination malpractice as well as the Common Wealth Scholarships.

She advised pupils to work hard so that in the near future they would have the opportunity to study in the U.K.

Marcella Samba Sesay, another Alumnus, noted that meeting with pupils was a defining moment in their lives.

 “Time and processes will allow you to become the woman you want to become in future,” she said.