‘Double-blind marking will end sex-for-mark menace’

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has proposed double-blind marking as a solution to the sex-for-grades menace in tertiary institutions.

Double-blind marking is what happens when two separate assessors mark students’ scripts without seeing each other’s comments.

He said that measure would tackle the menace of sex-for-grades and examination malpractices in higher institutions of learning in the country.

He made the recommendations at Osun State University, Osogbo, when he delivered the first Prince Tunde Ponle Annual Lecture Series.

With the topic, ‘Building a Truly 21st Century University: A Task beyond Government’, the event held in honour of the business mogul on his 80th birthday.

To curtail examination malpractices, Gbajabiamila said double-blind marking in which two separate assessors would mark students’ scripts without contacts is the answer.

As a result, the final mark could be determined by the average point.

“This will ensure that no individual lecturer holds in their hands the power to determine a student’s future and will resist the ability of predators to corrupt such powers to service their base instincts,” the lawmaker said.

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