According to the Senior Examinations Officer, before the examinations commenced at the college’s cafeteria, he warned the students not to impersonate or engage in malpractices after which he distributed the examination leaflets and instructed them to write their names, identification numbers, departments, module, the type of reference examination, incomplete grade and all other relevant information on the attendance sheet adding that it was while that process was going on that he asked one of the students (Ibrahim Kamara) to write his name on the attendance sheet which he failed to do on the pretext that it would distract him from the examination.
Mr. Koddah continued to say that the first suspect attempted to run away but was arrested and handed over to the police at the college’s newly-commissioned police post on campus and went on to reveal that the other suspect named Jeremiah S. Koroma was arrested for taking the preliminary Bachelor of Education in Business Studies reference examination for a female student named Rosaline Mansaray.
Mr. Koddah said Jeremiah S. Koroma failed to write his name on the attendance sheet and that when he was questioned he replied that it was a mistake reiterating that attendance is taken for each reference examination and further stated that while the other students were signing the attendance sheet, Jeremiah S. Koroma refused to sign insisting that he would only do so at the end of the examinations recalling that since he suspected that the student wanted to disrupt the examination, he was asked out of the hall and handed over to the police for further investigations.
The college’s Public Relations Officer, Elizabeth Sesay revealed that although students have been caught and reprimanded for minor examination malpractices over the years, this is the first time students have been caught for impersonation and underscored that the administration would do all within its power to investigate the matter and bring the culprits to book to serve as a deterrent.
She added that examination malpractices are very serious crimes for a college that trains students in various disciplines for national development, stressed that they do not want to produce substandard graduates for which the matter would be thoroughly investigated and the culprits either expelled or punished accordingly when found guilty reiterating that the new administration does not condone malpractices.
The Public Relations Officer also insisted that the college’s code of conduct would be looked into in investigating the matter stressing that the suspects would never go unpunished to serve as a warning to others and pointed out that although there is a CCTV camera at the Great Hall of the college, students still take the risk to engage in examination malpractices at their own detriment.
The two students are presently helping the Adonkia Police with their investigations.