Takoradi Polytechnic in the Western Region has received an award for being the best in examination ethics in Ghana for the year 2012.
The Rector of the Polytechnic, Reverend Professor Daniel Agyepong Nyarko, was also conferred the honorary Exam Ethics Master Marshal for his contribution towards ensuring transparency and integrity in the conduct of examinations.
Mr. Ike Onyechere, Founding Chairman of the Exam Ethics Marshals International (EEMI), bestowed the honour on him and presented a plague with citation to the polytechnic for ensuring integrity, truthfulness, fairness and transparency in the conduct of examination.
The Rector, Rev. Prof. Nyarko, who received the award on behalf of the school at a short ceremony, expressed appreciation to the EEMI for recognizing their efforts and assured of his outfit’s determination to maintain and improve upon her performance in the coming years.
He indicated that the Polytechnic had a well resourced Academic Quality Assurance and Examination Units, which oversee the conduct of examinations and commended them for their efforts, as well as the entire management and staff for ensuring smooth the conduct of examinations.
The Rector said examination was an integral part of every educational system and more crucial in higher educational institutions given that its products would be absorbed into the workforce of the country and other nations. Thus, there must be strict adherence to the rules and regulations guiding it so that quality human resources were produced for the country, given that, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” (Nelson Mandela)
He noted that a well-educated human resource would enhance worker productivity, reduce crime, dependency and improve the socio-economic development of the country, as captured succinctly by Victor Hugo, “he who opens a school door, closes a prison.”
Mr. Ike Onyechere, Founding Chairman of the EEMI, said the Organisation instituted the examination ethics concept as a result of rampant examination malpractices in various educational institutions.
EEMI promotes integrity, truthfulness, honesty and ethical values in the conduct of examinations so that quality human resources are produced for the society.
Mr Onyechere noted that the feat chalked by the Polytechnic would inspire other educational institutions to ensure integrity in the conduct of examinations.
Present at the presentation were the Mr. Kofi Ashiboe-Mensah, (Programme Director, EEMI, Ghana) Mr. Andrew Koomson (AGI representative on Council), Mrs. Sylvia Oppong-Mensah (Registrar), Mr. Francis Obeng (Finance Officer), Deans and Heads of the various departments, sections and units in the institution.