NGO says lecturers’ strikes promote academic dishosty

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Mr Ike Onyechere, Chairman, Exam Ethics Marshal International, a non-governmental organisation, on Wednesday said that incessant strikes by lecturers promoted examination malpractice and other forms of academic dishonesty.

Onyechere who stated this in a report made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, regretted that strikes had negatively affected Nigeria’s tertiary education system.

“Strikes by lecturers promote examination malpractice and academic dishonesty as students are subjected to examinations immediately after strikes for courses that were never taught.

He said that an opinion poll conducted by the organisation showed that Nigerians disliked strikes by lecturers in colleges of education, polytechnics and universities.

NAN reports that members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) and members of College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) are currently on protracted strikes.

The chairman said that the poll, conducted in the six geopolitical zones of the country, revealed that the majority of Nigerians were against the ongoing strikes.

According to him, the poll also showed that Nigerians are worried that the lecturers have continued to receive their salaries in spite of the strike.

“The poll reveals that the ultimate losers in strikes are students whose parents are not rich enough to pay for private education.

“Respondents are particularly aggrieved that strikes fuel `sorting’ — the act of selling marks, grades and degrees for cash, sex and other material benefits by unscrupulous lecturers.

“Respondents also indicated that it is unethical and fraudulent for any group of people to be receiving salaries for work they did not do especially as the lost time can never be recovered,’’ he said