A former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Peter Okebukola, while delivering a lecture in Kwara State recently, said that over 60 per cent of long essays written by undergraduates in their final year were plagiarised.
He also said the rate of plagiarism, as a form of academic corruption, at the Masters degree level was between 15 and 20 per cent, while it was eight per cent at the PhD level.
Okebukola didn’t stop there. He accused lecturers who showed up to teach only 10 out of their allotted 20 subjects in a semester and those who negotiated with students for marks, of being academically corrupt.
Our correspondent sought to find out why undergraduates had the largest number of plagiarised works and how to put an end to plagiarism in tertiary institutions. Read more