Bribing For Scores and Academic Integrity among Public University Students in Cross River State

Dr Mary Juliana Ada, Dr Georgina Ekama Okoli & Innocent Idiege Okoli


The menace of bribing for scores is an ugly trend that is gradually eating deep into the fabrics of the Nigerian educational institutions thereby eroding academic integrity. The thrust of this paper is to x-ray how bribing for scores affects academic integrity. Three research questions were posed to guide this study. The study adopted the descriptive survey design. The population for this study comprised of all university undergraduate students from public universities in Cross River State. Sample was drawn using the stratified random sampling technique. A total of two hundred students made up the sample. Data were analyzed using mean scores. Some of the findings of this study include that students bribe through various means such as giving lecturers money to get undeserved scores, submitting assignments with monies enclosed in brown envelops and sexual gratifications. Also, it was revealed that many students bribe lecturers because they are compelled to do so by lecturers. Based on these findings, recommendations were made, including installation of closed circuit televisions in strategic locations to checkmate this menace.

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