Common Entrance Exams and Our Moral Decadence: A Personal Experience

By Samuel Ajayi

ABUJA (Sundiata Post) Four years ago, my daughter sat for the National Common Entrance examination for admission into one the federal unity schools. She was not admitted. 
Pride apart, I knew that going by what she did in that exam and her capabilities, it should have been a walk-over. 
A friend’s son (without being arrogant and immodest) who was not in any way close to my daughter in academics was admitted. It was his third child to be admitted.

He approached me and offered to help if I wanted my daughter to get admission. He said he knew principals of two of the unity schools in the South-west and with N50,000, Dolapo, my daughter,  would get admission. He also “advised” that I should have picked any of the Northern states like Bauchi, Jigawa, Gombe, Zandra and so on as her state of origin. 
I blatantly refused any of these offers. 
Today, I paid for forms of the twins (who will write common entrance exams this year) and their teacher was asking again: which local government and state of origin should they use? 
“Oye Local Government of Ekiti State!” I told her. 
This has got me thinking. 
*Should we be dishonest just because every other person is? 
*Should we circumvent the system because it serves our immediate needs? 
* Should we do evil because the society derides those who do good? 
* How do you teach a child not to lie, if she was from Osun but, for the purpose of admission and benefit, you made her claim Zamfara? 
* What moral right do we have to blame government and those operating it when dishonesty is our second name in our own private dealings? 
* If you circumvented the system and lied to train your child, what adult are you building? 
We can blame the system and lopsided educational system. That is nothing but moral escapism. Society becomes good when everyone does the right thing.
Especially, when no one is watching…

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