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    VC, Fasina seeks staff’s commitment against examination malpractice

    Toluwanimi Bamigbola

    Vice-chancellor, Federal University Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria, Prof. Abayomi Sunday Fasina has charged participants and members of staff at a talkshop organized by the university’s Directorate of Quality Assurance to be more committed with the ongoing war against examination malpractice with a view to rid FUOYE of lazy students’ penchant for cheat during examination.

    Besides, he said it was time members of academic staff demonstrated more commitment to examination integrity especially at a time the university under his watch had become synonymous with excellence.

    The Vice-Chancellor said this while declaring open a two-day capacity building workshop organized by the Quality Assurance for staff and students of FUOYE.

    Prof. Fasina, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-chancellor Administration, Prof. Tajudeen Opoola, said the workshop was another opportunity for participants to come up with strigent measure against any form of examination malpractice just as the university under his watch had zero tolerance for examination malpractice.

    He said: “I want to appreciate the Directorate of Quality Assurance for this initiative which is very timely considering the fact that students have now become very innovative with their exam malpractice styles.

    “In as much as students are doing all sorts of things to beat and flaw our structure, we would be more vigilant and leave no stone unturned in ensuring that we beat them to their illicit game.”

    The Directorate of Quality Assurance, Federal University Oye-Ekiti, kick-started the two-day Capacity Building workshop for both staff and students of the institution on Wednesday, 29th May 2024 at the Faculty of Engineering Lecture Theatre, Ikole Campus of the university.

    The workshop with the Theme “EQUIPPING STAFF AND STUDENTS WITH APPROPRIATE KNOWLEDGE TOWARDS THE ACHIEVEMENT OF EXAMINATION INTEGRITY,” was aimed at dishing out useful tips and information in curbing and handling various common and uncommon form of examination malpractice; a menace which was slowly becoming a norm in the university system.

    Director Quality Assurance, Prof. Adesoji Matthew Olaniyan, in his remark extended his warm welcome to participants and the guest speaker to what he described as knowledge- exchanged and capacity building event.

    Guest Speaker: Prof. Grace Oluyemisi Akinola
    Department of Management & Accounting
    Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

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    In his words: “We are honoured by your presence today as we embark on this important two-day workshop on Examination Integrity.

    “Our commitment to upholding the highest standards of academic excellence aligns perfectly with the goals of this workshop.

    “As you know, maintaining the integrity of our examinations is crucial for ensuring the fairness and credibility of our academic programmes. This workshop aims to equip all of us – faculty, staff, and students – with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to prevent and address examination misconduct.

    “Over the next two days, we will explore various topics related to examination integrity, including:

    • Emerging trends in examination malpractice.
    • Effective strategies for designing and administering secure examinations.
    • The role of technology in promoting examination integrity.
    • Best practices for handling suspected cases of misconduct.

    “We are confident that this workshop will foster open discussions, collaborative problem-solving, and a shared commitment to creating a learning environment where academic honesty is valued and upheld by all.”

    Shortly after his address, the Guest Speaker, Prof. Grace Oluyemisi Akinola of the
    Department of Management & Accounting,
    Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife​, took the participants through ingredients capable of not only curbing examination misconduct but sustaining examination integrity in university system.

    She, however, predicated her delivery on factors that would guarantee competence and integrity in the conduct of examination.

    Specifically, the Guest Speaker, anchored a Staff Session on the “Examination Integrity.”

    She specifically gave insights on how to maintain Examination Integrity by identifying key principles of examination administration and invigilation, Common Examination irregularities and misconducts and hints to maintaining Examination integrity.

    Meanwhile, the Vice-chancellor, Prof. Sunday Abayomi Fasina, represented by the Deputy Vice-chancellor, Prof. Tajudeen Opoola gave the opening remarks.

    In his remarks, while appreciating the Directorate of Quality Assurance for this initiative, he described it as timely considering the fact that students had now become very innovative with their exam malpractice styles.

    “In as much as students are doing all sorts of things to beat and floor our structure, we would be more vigilant and leave no stone unturned in ensuring that we tackle them,” he said.

    He also stated that the workshop was very dear to his heart as he urged participants to be more committed to examination integrity.

    He specially welcomed the guest speaker, Prof. Grace Oluyemisi Akinola, Deans of Faculties, Heads of departments as well as participants, Staff and students for their large turn out.

    The highlight of the event was a question and answer session where participants were given opportunity to ask questions based on their varying experiences with students in the examination hall, as regard’s examination malpractices.

    Photo credit: Toluwanimi Bamigbola

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