2021 marks the 25th anniversary of Exam Ethics Marshals International (EEMI), a not-for-profit, membership organization of ethics-friendly educators, founded in Nigeria in 1996 by Ike Onyechere, MFR, towards promoting ethics, integrity and best practices in education.(www.examethicsmarshals.org). The celebration starts with the anniversary conference, lecture and awards scheduled to hold from 21st to 25th June, 2021 at Green Mind Hotel, Abuja. Other anniversary activities continue throughout the year.
EEMI came into being in response to the
need for countervailing organization to stem the rise of systemic exam malpractice, academic dishonesty and corruption in education.
EXAM ETHICS CAMPAIGN AND MOVEMENT
The Exam Ethics Campaign was launched on May 27, 1996 to promote exam ethics; strengthen its moral infrastructure; combat exam malpractice; usher in ethical revolution in institutions; blocking the reinforcement route of recruits for corruption; and lay foundation for raising
transformational leaders and social institutions. The campaign has since evolved into a Movement of Exam Ethics Marshals, Students and Institutions.
EXAM ETHICS MARSHALS.
Exam Ethics Marshals are trained and certified ethics-friendly volunteer educators who pledge and commit to code of ethical self- regulation in their duty posts; to unwavering insistence on best practices in their spheres of operational and leadership influence; and to being models and mentors to pupils, students and colleagues. There are four categories of Marshals: Designates
(volunteers yet to undergo formal training and induction); Marshals (those that have been formally trained, certified and inducted); Master Marshals (Marshals who have participMarshal an Exam Ethics International conference outside their own country); Chief Master Marshal(awarded to individuals in recognition of outstanding contributions). Almost 100,000 Marshals
are operational in institutions across Africa.
EXAM ETHICS STUDENTS.
One of the core responsibilities of Marshals is the establishment and supervision of Exam Ethics Students Clubs in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions as vehicles for sustaining the campaign and mentoring pupils and students. Only trained and certified Marshals are authorized
to establish and supervise students’ clubs. Millions of students have been exposed to exam ethics doctrine since 1996.
EXAM ETHICS FRIEND AND PARTNER INSTITUTIONS.
Chapters of Exam Ethics Marshals and Exam Ethics Students Clubs constitute the basic
structure of campaign. Institutions with operational chapters of Marshals and students are designated Exam Ethics Friend and Partner Institutions. Eligible Heads of Tertiary and Basic/Secondary institutions qualify for Exam Ethics Awards.
Exam Ethics Marshals Movement is now a global Movement. Over 26,000 members from over 100 hundred countries signed the Exam Ethics Marshals petition for fast-tract action on passageof sexual harassment bill. But the focus area is Africa with operational footprints in Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Tanzania, Liberia.
Exam Ethics Marshals Membership is on self-recruited volunteer basis and open to all eligible ethics-friendly volunteer educators. Eligibility criteria include minimum of first degree or
equivalent; verifiable place of work or institutional affiliation; acceptable and verifiable reference; willingness to undergo Exam Ethics Marshals training and commit to Exam Ethics Marshals pledge.
The vision of EEMI is to facilitate an education system in Africa capable of raising citizens, workforce and leaders with character to shun corruption and competence to deliver development as transformational change agents.
The mission of EEMI is to inspire ethics-friendly education stakeholders to bond and act together as a formidable army of Exam Ethics Marshals to promote exam ethics, integrity and best practices in education. The 25th anniversary renewed mission is to train and deploy of 1,000,000 Marshals in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions across Africa by 2025.
The Movement believes that unless and until the moral foundation of education is rebuilt and strengthened in African countries, all efforts towards combating corruption, raising transformational leaders and social institutions, and achieving UN SDGs will continue to fail.
THINGS EXAM ETHICS MARSHALS STAND AND AGAINST.
Exam Ethics Marshals stand for unwavering promotion of ethics, integrity and best practices in admission, training, examination, certification, registration, regulation and administrative processes in education; and against exam malpractice and academic dishonesty in all its
various forms and mutations
EXAM ETHICS MARSHALS INTEGRITY CERTIFICATION TRAINING COURSE
The course does not just prepare Marshal-Designates for certification and induction as Marshals.
It also equips them with knowledge and skills for: mentoring students; administering credible exams; safe school audits, emergency preparedness plans and first responder functions; managing conflicts; driving education reforms; transformational leadership. Successful participation in Exam Ethics Conferences qualifies delegates for induction as Marshals if they so volunteer as all conferences incorporate the training modules. The online version of the course
introduced in April 2021 makes the target of training 1,000,000 educators across Africa by 2025 achievable by easing cost and convenience of participation. (www.examethicstraining.com )
EXAM ETHICS MARSHALS PLEDGE.
Passing the post-course diagnostic assessment test qualifies Marshal-Designates for certification as Exam Ethics Marshals. However, they are required to commit to Exam Ethics Pledge and sign off on the pledge certificate at the induction ceremony in order to be inducted and inaugurated as Exam Ethics Marshals.
Other programmes include: distribution of best practices resource books; continuous education through capacity building consultative conferences, exam ethics blogs and social media platforms; advocacy projects; Support-A-School Alliance, etc. www.examethicsblog.com
LEGAL STATUS AND ACCREDITATIONS.
EEMI is registered under the laws of each country in which it is operational. In Nigeria, it is registered under the Companies and Allied Matters Act. Exam Ethics Project is also endorsed and approved by the Nigeria National Council on Education (FME/S./C.25/2003/1/45 of 3rd Dec. 2003).
It is also accredited as continuous professional development programme service provider by institutions, agencies and governments including Ghana National Teaching Council, Delta State of Nigeria Teachers Professional Development Centre (MBSE/TPDC/PRIG/VOL.1 71 of 12th Nov
2018), etc. “Exam Ethics” is a registered trademark.
EXTRAORDINARY SUCCESS STORY.
The campaign is an outstanding success story in terms of: ushering in a silent ethical revolution in African education; building structure and capacity to sustain the effort for 25 unbroken years despite challenges; raising public consciousness on the merits of exam ethics and the dangers of exam malpractice; inspiring ethics-friendly educators to bond work together to defend integrity of education. Exam Ethics Marshals are increasingly becoming preferred choices for appointments and promotions into critical positions and engagements as resource persons in administration, assessment and monitoring of exams, election duties, competitive tenders, education reforms, best practices events and initiatives.
CALL FOR PARTNERS, SUPPORT AND FACILITATION.
Moving forward, the Project needs partners, sponsors, supporters and facilitators to achieve the target of training and deployment of 1,000,000 Marshals in schools across Africa to lay solid foundation to realize potential of the continent as the next frontier of human civilization. Any level or nature of support and facilitation by organizations, governments, institutions and
individuals will be appreciated and thankfully acknowledged.
The credit for the success so far achieved belong to hundreds of thousands that cannot be mentioned individually in this short brief. But tribute must be paid to a few principal executives and contributors: Prof Abednego Ekoko (Chairman, BoT), Maj-Gen Efeovbokhan (Director, Strategy & Logistics) Salihu Yahaya (Resident Consultant Nigeria), Kofi Ashiboe-Mensah (Country Director, Ghana); Terry Foundin (Country Director, Cameroon); Mngoma Godfrey Wallace (Country Director, Tanzania).
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