EXAMINATION MALPRACTICES IN SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL MATHEMATICS: TYPES, CAUSES, AND SOLUTION
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Mathematics teaching and learning is evaluated through examination at the end of the learning period. Administration of examination serves as feedback for the Mathematics teachers to ascertain the level of knowledge acquisition and measure of Mathematics knowledge retention by the students. Any irregularity distorts this feedback system, which can result to an inaccurate Mathematics learning outcome. This paper examined examination malpractices in senior secondary school Mathematics: types, causes and solution. After conducting a thorough examination of relevant journals and articles, it became evident that there are types of examination malpractices in Mathematics and numerous factors have been identified as causes for the persistent prevalence of this issue within academic assessment practices. This renders the outcomes of Mathematics examinations nearly devoid of value, posing a significant risk to their validity and reliability. Consequently, the fundamental purpose of examination is undermined. Inscription, neck-stretching, impersonation, scientific misconduct, bribery and instances of Mathematics examination question leaks were identified as the types of Mathematics examination malpractices. The causes of Mathematics examination malpractices were also identified as inadequate understanding of the subject matter, insufficient student preparation, inadequate library resources, and questionable admission policies, overcrowded examination seating arrangements among other factors. It was concluded that inadequate preparation and lack of effective utilization of Mathematics resources among Mathematics teachers creates a platform for Mathematics phobia for students who place undue emphasis on certificates, inculcated by the society. It was suggested that government should enact a law that will mitigate against malpractices in all the secondary schools, both private and public.