Inter-College Lecture to be delivered by Professor Jonathan Fletcher

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 17:00
Great Hall, University of Ghana
Members of the University community are hereby invited to the next Inter-college lecture to be delivered by Professor Jonathan Fletcher (Acting Dean of the School of Education and Leadership).
Topic: Examination Malpractice: A Threat to Global Development
Date: November 09, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm
Venue: Great Hall
All are cordially invited
Examinations are summative assessment events usually designed to help make a (final) judgement about a learner’s achievement on a programme and potential subsequent achievement; certificate achievement and award a qualification; help make decisions about entry to other learning programmes; provide information that will help others make selection decisions provide formal evidence of a learner’s competence (Bloor, 2002).
Examination malpractice is any action or inaction that contravenes the rules of acceptable examination practices before, during and after an examination.
It attacks and destroys the reliability and validity of the interpretation and use of examination results. In school and university settings, it discourages hard-work among students and consequently lowers the quality of the skills and knowledge students acquire in their studies, making them less competitive on the global market.
Examination malpractice thus constitutes a serious threat to educational goals, standards and global development efforts. Electronic devices such as mobile phones and other micro devices have come to compound the challenges examination malpractice pose to educators and examination boards.
The lecture discusses the nature, causes and effects of examination malpractice, draws a link between education and socio-economic development, and argues that examination malpractice destroys the contribution education makes towards socio-economic development of nations and consequently jeopardizes global development efforts.
Profile of Professor Jonathan Fletcher
Professor Jonathan Fletcher is the Acting Dean of the School of Education and Leadership at the University of Ghana, Legon. He is a specialist mathematics educator, teacher educator and assessment consultant.
He holds BSc (Hons) in financial mathematics (valuations) from the University of Reading, MSc (Numeracy Education) from the London South Bank University and MA and PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of London as well as Certificate in Coaching (Mathematics) from the Oxford Brooke’s University, all in the United Kingdom (UK). He has taught mathematics and education in British and Ghanaian universities and is a former head of the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Mathematics programme at the London University’s Institute of Education, a former head of the PGCE (Post Compulsory) programme at the University of Greenwich, a former head of the Department of Science and Mathematics Education, University of Cape Coast and a former Deputy Director of the Institute of Education, University of Cape Coast.
Professor Fletcher has worked as a moderator in higher education programmes run by the City and Guilds, U. K. and currently serves as an external examiner in higher education for one university in the UK, and two each in Ghana and Nigeria.