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President Buhari

The President of the Federal republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his unreserved condemnation over the escalation of forgery of university certificate, examination malpractices among the educational sector, students menace and fake certificates paraded by high public officers in the country.

At the 65th Annual Council Meeting of the West Africa Examinations Council with the theme “65 years of commitment to excellence in educational assessment.” The representative of President Mohammadu Buhari, the Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) disclosed this yesterday at the meeting that “Today the attainment of wealth, power or educational influence is the mark of success which is not necessarily a bad thing except we are no longer concerned with the process of attaining success.”

“The end it appears today justifies the means which explains why cheating in examinations and fake certificates simply do not generate the sort of outrage that such conduct would have generated years ago.

“Public servants and many in the private sectors who have unexplainable wealth are celebrated in one form or the other, alumni recognitions, honorary degrees, chieftaincy titles and even higher religious titles.

“Often, cheating is with the collusion of parents and teachers. This only reflects the failure of values in our larger society. Educational policy within that milieu of collapsed value failure is a totally different type of task when values in society have collapsed. When values in the society have been upturned, the role of the policy maker is completely different from when values are maintained by and large.”

The President through his representative, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo condemned the high rate at which public servants and high net worth individuals of questionable riches and wealth were given special accolades and celebrated with alumni recognitions, honorary degrees, chieftaincy titles and sometimes higher religious titles within the high learning institutions in the country.

That society is beginning to misplace societal values that pride itself among excellent and goodwill, that reversal is the case now that cheating in examination and obtainment of fake university certificates among Nigerians had become a normal thing because of collapse of values in the society and celebration of wealth rather than values, that this is a serious threat to effective change because of the difficulties experienced by lawmakers to drive effective change in the society.

The President further disclosed that, “It is much more important today to emphasize also how we should teach which will obviously impact how we should examine, what questions we should be asking and what we should be looking for in our students. But regarding what we should teach, it is my respective view, more important now than ever before to redefine success.”

The speech of the President received appreciation from the Registrar of the West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC), Dr. Uyi Uwadiae, he said that education is the bedrock of the society and every stakeholder must never relent in adding value to the educational sector and the society. That the major challenge before the West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) is that of examination malpractices among students and facilitators.

Also the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, gave warm and encouraging speech, that the Federal Government of Nigeria had rolled out several educational and societal programmes to curb youths menace and proffer last solutions to the challenges facing educational sector in the country and the Federal Government of Nigeria is currently working into collaboration with several international educational partnership.