Cheating on examinations has become a monster seeking to consume the entire Nigerian academic community. Cheating is not peculiar to any particular level of education, as it has permeated to all levels of education, including professional institutions of learning. Considering the significant effects of cheating on all concerned, there has been serious debate, discussion, and research on the menace. However, Nigerian writers have not placed emphasis on examining the phenomenon from the perpetrators’ perspective. In this study, the decision was to hear it from those caught for cheating. What led them to display interest in cheating and what possible ways could be employed to eliminate cheating? Participants for the study consisted of 200 students randomly selected from students caught for examination malpractice during the First Semester 2010/2011 examination at the Lagos State University External System. Data was collected with the use of the Examination Malpractice Scale (EMS). One hypothesis and two critical questions were answered. Recommendations were made based on the findings of the study.
|Keywords:||Cheating, Examination, Perpetrators' Perspectives, Examination Malpractice|
Lecturer, Department of Educational Foundations & Counselling Psychology, Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos, Nigeria