A survey by the Exam Ethics Marshal International (EEMI), revealed that Nigerians have lost over N900 billion in examination fees to malpractice in the last 20 years.
This revelation was brought to light by the Chairman of the organization, Mr. Ike Onyechere, while fielding questions on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum on Sunday in Abuja.
His words: “The exam bodies have organized exams for 84 million candidates from 1996 till now; of that 84 million candidates, you (exam bodies) have cancelled 9.9 million results.
“Now if you want to talk in monetary terms, having cancelled those results, if you calculate the exam fees that were lost, you are talking about N900 billion lost and nothing happened.
“Exam malpractice has become an organized criminal activity controlled by syndicates like money laundering syndicates, kidnapping syndicates and so on.
“The only difference is that exam malpractice is more lucrative; again, it is risk-free; nothing happens to the people that are doing it, and that is our greatest challenge.
“The syndicates that operate are not hidden; they all operate magic centers; every exam, there is a migration from where they can supervise them to where they cannot supervise them.
“And we know them; exam bodies we know them; all of us we know them;
“We have announced 6,500 magic centers that are found; nothing has happened to the syndicates, nothing happened to the operators.’’
The chairman also called on law enforcement agencies to adequately prosecute and convict exam malpractice culprits, to serve as a deterrent to others.