Tutorial Centers Now Serves as Breeding Grounds for Malpractice – JAMB
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has discovered that some tutorial centres, in their inordinate bid to attract candidates at all cost, are fast becoming breeding grounds for examination malpractices.
Undoubtedly, examination malpractice has become one of the canker worms that is not only endemic but has also eaten deep into the fabric of the Nigerian society.
The situation is worsened by the prevalence of tutorial centres, also known as “miracle centres” because of their nefarious activities.
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These “miracle centres” pose serious threats to public examination bodies. The essence of education is to acquire knowledge that would bring about national development, not just to pass examinations.
Tutorial centres and the likes are working hard to frustrate the national goal of developing qualitative and productive manpower.
Today, it appears all is just about acquisition of certificates irrespective of whether the holders can or can’t defend such qualifications. Some of the tutorial centres are nightmare to our education system.
Candidates and parents patronize them because they are basically after successes that they could achieve through whatever means.
These unwholesome quick-fix centres do not promote hard work but talk only about results that candidates would have.
They kill the self-esteem of candidates that patronize them and deceive them with false record of performance. On the other hand, most teachers at these “miracle centres” have not received or undergone specific training that would foster the necessary skills in their candidates.
Since they do not have the ability to teach effectively, they give wrong opinions which may harm or even jeopardize candidates’ performance significantly.
This usually happens with substandard tutorial establishments which are not only fraudulent but are also generally more expensive relative to the quality of services they offer.
It is therefore not surprising that the bulk of candidates who are products of the centres indulge in examination malpractice, examination leakage, impersonation, copying, and certificate forgery, among others.
Despite caution from JAMB, the candidates who are interested in miracle patronise these outlets with the hope of gaining undue privileges.
Actually, the Board is not opposed to any organized and credible system that would promote knowledge or bring about improved performance of candidates in their terminal examinations.
What the Board frowns at is the practice where candidates are made to believe that high scores are secured through registration with such centres, and this is not true.
It is a mere deception These centres make unrealistic promises, collect huge sums of money from such candidates and engage in all sorts of covert or overt attempts to compromise public examinations to achieve their nefarious aims.
They also circulate all sorts of fake questions to candidates all in the name of helping them.
Experience has shown that parents who clamour the reduction in registration fees of public examinations pay hundreds of thousands at these “miracle centres” for quick and questionable outcomes.
However, all hope is not lost as such attitudes can be eliminated by overhauling our entire value system such that knowledge is placed ahead of paper qualifications.
While it is a truism that certification is the only way of proving that a candidate has undergone a particular programme, what he knows should be a worthy complement to the certificate he/she parades.