Former NUC Boss, Okebukola, Highlights Mmesoma’s Case as a Warning to UTME Cheats
Professor Peter Okebukola, the former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), has cited the case of Mmesoma as a cautionary tale for those involved in cheating during the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Mmesoma’s case, which involves alleged forgery, serves as a stark reminder of the consequences that await individuals who engage in fraudulent activities to gain an unfair advantage in the UTME.
Professor Okebukola emphasizes the importance of integrity and ethical conduct in the education system. He notes that cheating undermines the credibility of examinations and devalues the hard work and efforts of honest students.
The ex-NUC boss warns prospective UTME candidates against resorting to dishonest practices, highlighting that Mmesoma’s situation should serve as a deterrent. Cheating not only jeopardizes the chances of gaining admission into higher institutions but also tarnishes one’s reputation and future prospects.
Professor Okebukola calls for increased vigilance and effective measures to curb examination malpractice. He urges relevant authorities to strengthen examination security and employ advanced technologies to detect and prevent cheating during the UTME.
The case of Mmesoma serves as a reminder that the pursuit of education should be based on merit, hard work, and integrity. It is essential for students to understand the value of honesty and the long-term benefits of earning their qualifications through legitimate means.
Professor Okebukola advocates for a collective effort from stakeholders, including educational institutions, examination bodies, and parents, to instill the values of integrity and discourage cheating in all forms.
As the education system continues to evolve, it is crucial to promote a culture of honesty and fairness, ensuring that students are evaluated based on their true abilities and potential.