TACKLING THE MENACE OF EXAMINATION MALPRACTICE BY ACADEMIC STAFF UNIONS THROUGH THE USE OF CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT by DR. N. E. U. Inyang

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Measures of academic quality, examination malpractice, academic staff unions and continuous assessment are addressed in this paper. Acts by which examiners acquire undue advantage in examinations constitute examination malpractice. Learners. teachers and parents, examination officials and school heads are its key players. The forms, causes and eject of examination malpractice are considered. Ways combating examination malpractice such as proper equipping of schools, ensuring security of examination materials and use of continuous assessment system by academic staff unions have been discussed. Academic staff unions are required to emphasize the diagnostic or guidance oriented-nature of continuous assessment through the setting up of monitoring units at school, community, local government. stale and national levels. Similar units are also expected to operate in tertiary institutions. Through these, it is hoped that productivity in academic institutions will be enhanced.

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Inyang, N.E.U. (2002): Tackling the Menace of Examination Malpractice by Academic Staff Unions Through the Use of Continuous Assessment. Academy Congress Publication 2002 (Proceedings of the 17th Annual Congress of the Academy of Education), pp. 95-86, November.

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Professor N.E.U. Inyang has always been a teacher. He started as an Assistant Science Master at Duke Town Secondary School, Calabar. From 1976 till date he has taught in various institutions. He was appointed Acting Head, Department of Science Education in Uniuyo from 1994-1998 and promoted Associate and full Professor of Science Education in 1999 and 2002 respectively. He has taught undergraduate courses in Science Education, supervised undergraduate projects and jointly supervised Masters and Ph.D dissertations and theses both in University of Uyo and during his sabbatical leave to Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

Prof. Nsedu Inyang served in various capacities in the Science Teachers‘ Association of Nigeria (STAN) at both State and National levels. It was during his tenure as Chairman of Akwa Ibom State branch of STAN, He that Akwa Ibom State Branch was adjudged the best branch of the year for an outstanding membership among other achievements. Prof. Inyang served the Akwa Ibom State Government as a resource person at various workshops for primary and secondary school science and mathematics teachers.

Prof. Nsedu Inyang has been engaged in a number of Editorial services. He jointly published Integrated Science Workshop proceedings on the Integrated Science Curriculum in the 3 3 system Secondary Education in 1981. He jointly edited a book of readings on science and society 1997. He is editorial adviser of the integrated Science Education series of Integrated Science Panel of STAN and an author of the Basic Science of the University Press Plc, Ibadan, Nigeria.

To date, Prof. Nsedu Inyang has 45 publications to his credit made up of 22 journal articles and 23 book chapters, many of which can be accessed on this knowledgebase. He attended and presented several the keynote addresses and lead papers at conferences, some of which includes Teacher’s Day in 2009 at the Akwa Ibom State rally of NUT and a motivational talk at the Mobil/NNPC/Akwa Ibom State Science quiz, facilitated by the Akwa Ibom State Branch of STAN etc.

Prof. Nsedu Inyang has played a number of leadership roles in his christian life. He is happily married and is blessed with successful children.
His personal knowledgebase and website can be accessed via www.nseduinyang.com.ng

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