Prof. Akachi Ezeigbo has called for the inclusion of responsible internet usage in the secondary school curriculum to enlighten pupils on positive use of technology.
The University Don, who was the Chief examiner at the 2019 Mike Okonkwo National Essay Competition for high school students, recommended a review of the syllabus to make students understand the dangers in plagiarism.
“The fact that almost any material is available and accessible via a click makes a compelling case for us to introduce the teaching of responsible Internet usgae in the secondary school curriculum.
“We recommend a review and expansion of the syllabus of a subject like civic education to include teaching students to understand that plagiarism violates intellectual property rights, and that referencing the literatures they consult as they make their points is a key aspect of their academic development,” Ezeigbo stated.
The Chief examiner, while announcing the results, disclosed that a total of 612 essay entries were sent in for assessment, representing a drop of about 28% when compared to 848 that were received and assessed in 2018.
She, however, noted that the drop does not indicate any waning of enthusiasm for the essay competition.
Sixteen-year-old Esigbone Omagbemi Ferdinard of Roshallom International Secondary School, Egbeda, Lagos, emerged the overall winner in the 2019 essay competition with a total average of 68 per cent.
Ferdinard, for emerging the overall winner of the competiton, will get a cheque of N100,000, a personal laptop, trophy and plaque.