Educational institutions play a very important role in our society. They provide us with the skills and knowledge we need to succeed in our professional lives. But what happens when something goes wrong? Examination malpractice is a serious issue that can have a significant impact on the students and the institutions involved. This blog will explain what examination malpractice is, its types, and how to prevent it from happening.
What is Examination Malpractice?
The term examination malpractice refers to the deliberate violation of official examination rules by a test taker in order to give a candidate an unfair advantage or disadvantage.
Examination malpractice in education is a fairly common phenomenon. The phenomenon is spread out across different continents and countries and shows no signs of stopping. There has been a lot of debate as to whether it is a valid phenomenon or just a bad reputation.
Examination malpractice in education is uncovered more regularly now than ever before. The phenomenon has increased due in part to increases in education and in part to advances in education technology.
How Examination Malpractice Works
Examination malpractice involves candidates taking unfair advantage of examinations resulting in the awarding of invalid grades.
Examination malpractice is generally caused by one of two factors. The first being candidates who are not actually taking the exam. This is caused by the use of proxies. A proxy is a method whereby a another person takes a test on behalf of a candidate. In most cases the proxy is a family member or close friend.
The other common cause of examination malpractice is candidates using illegal methods to gain an unfair advantage. This mostly involves the use of bribes and the purchase of fake documents.
Examination malpractice is reported to the examination body who carry out various checks ranging from checking the validity of a candidates test scores to checking the authenticity of a candidates passport. If an examination body finds evidence that a candidate has used illegal methods then they will generally refuse to award them any marks and will mark the exam as invalid.
What is the Impact of Examination Malpractice?
Examination malpractice has a number of negative consequences. The most obvious is that candidates are not awarded any marks. This can have a variety of affects on candidates. For example, if a candidate has taken the an examination for a degree in law, then failing that exam will mean they will never be able to get that degree and will have to start the process all over.
Other possible negative affects of examination malpractice include loss of credit or suspension of candidate’s studies.
Examination malpractice also has a number of negative impacts on final candidates and the education system as a whole.
Examination malpractice can undermine the confidence of candidates and can cause them to lose faith in the education system. This can have a negative impact on future candidates and recruitment and enrollment figures.
Examination malpractice also undermines the integrity and dignity of the education system. If candidates believe that the system is rigged then they will not believe that their results are legitimate.
How can Examination Malpractice be Stopped?
The simplest method of stopping examination malpractice is by requiring candidates to register their proxies. This will prevent candidates from accidentally taking a test on behalf of another person and will make sure that candidates are willing to undergo extra checks.
Another method of stopping examination malpractice is to carry out more thorough background checks on candidates. This will mean that more candidates are declined and that less time is wasted on candidates taking exams which they have no chance of passing.
Is examination malpractice a bad thing?
The simple answer is yes. Examination malpractice is bad for candidates, the education system and for the reputation of both. However, it is also a fact of life. Everyone takes a few shortcuts here and there.
Examination malpractice is uncovered quite regularly and the fact that candidates have realized this and are turning a blind eye to it indicates that the education system is doing something about it.
If the education system is to stop examination malpractice then it needs to take a proactive approach. Students need to know that it is okay to not be perfect and that as long as they put in the hard work then they will be rewarded.
The best way to stop examination malpractice is for candidates to apply themselves. If candidates take shortcuts then they will find that the education system will not reward them.