PRAGMATIC STRATEGIES FOR CURBING EXAMINATION MALPRACTICES AMONG IN-SCHOOL ADOLESCENTS IN KOGI STATE
This paper addresses the pragmatic strategies for curbing examination malpractice among in school adolescents in Kogi State. Annually, the West African Examination Council (WAEC) withholds and cancels hundreds of students' results as a result of examination malpractices in Kogi state. It has been revealed by West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) that Kogi State was prominent in Examination Malpractices in 2014 and 2016 respectively. The concept and forms of examination malpractices are discussed in this paper. Causes of examination malpractices are traced to students, teachers, parents and examination officers. Poor intellectual ability, poor attitude to learning, peer pressure, crave for dishonest gains, parental pressure and laxity on external supervisor's part are some specific causes. The resultant effects include loss of
credibility of certificates and blacklisting of schools. Recommendations are made on pragmatic ways of curbing the menace. These include Personal determination, Values education training, orientation for parents, use of computer-based tests and biometric verification.