This week, I’ve heard two different accounts of how decadent things have become during GCE exams. A friend told me on Monday of how her daughter came back from the recent GCE o/levels exam with reports of how invigilators have been compromised by receiving money from parents and there was ‘open house’ cheating.
This led me to speak to a young boy whom together with a few friends we’ve been sending through school. He sat for the GCE exams and I asked what his experience was. When he told me, I decided to record and share some of the things he said. That’s his voice you’re hearing. Let’s call him James.
What irks me is the fact that James and others who decide to do what is right are now at risk. Isn’t that typical in Nigeria? The invigilator in his class during this maths multiple exam decided to read the ‘answers’ out. All that done within 30 minutes, he decided to wrap up the whole exercise even though the stipulated time for the exam itself hadn’t been exhausted. And when James complained because he wanted to do the right thing, he told him he could continue but then would be the one to mark his paper by himself.
I know there are people reading this who may have experienced similar incidents or perhaps your wards have. I want to encourage you to share them. NO ABUSE PLEASE. Neither do I want people to say GOD WILL HELP US. Actually He won’t. Let us go public with this and let’s see how we can salvage something out of our educational system.