The Careers and Counselling Centre of the University of Ghana has embarked on a campaign to curb the ever-increasing incidents of examination malpractice among its students.
Dubbed the “Too Smart for That” campaign and launched on the 1st of November, 2017, the campaign has been, among others, educating students on why it’s unethical and unacceptable to cheat during examination, the consequences of such malpractice and how to prepare adequately for examination so as to avoid the temptation to cheat.
Using chiefly social media, the campaigners have been able to get their message across to many students.
In an interview with this writer, the lead-campaigner, Andrea Amoo, stated that the need for such an intervention became absolutely necessary due to the rising number o offenders during examinations. “Instead of counselling them after the commission of the offence, and after they( the offenders) have been sanctioned, we decided to be proactive, we decided to help avoid the malpractice in the first place…We want to get students to believe that they can excel without cheating; that they are *too smart for that*!
The campaign has been generally well-received. It was officially drawn to a close last Friday with campaigners upbeat that there will be a drastic reduction in cases of cheating in the end-of-semester examination, which is underway.