Perceived Determinants of Students’ Examination Corruption in Distance Education


  • Dr. Felix Senyametor University of Cape Coast
  • Emmanuel Dorsah University of Cape Coast
  • Prof. Mark Owusu Amponsah University of Cape Coast
  • Dr. Alfred Kweku Ampah-Mensah University of Cape Coast

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Examination, malpractice, corruption, perception, students


Purpose: This study examined determinants of students’ examination corruption at the College of Distance Education (CoDE), University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana.

Methodology: The participants of the study included students, Regional Coordinators (RCs), and staff of the Examination Unit at CoDE. A sample of 252 students was selected from an accessible population of 3,095 using a proportionate stratified sampling technique. The questionnaire and semi-structured interviews were used to collect data. Data were analysed with frequency and percentage counts, standard deviations, and presented in tables supported with transcribed views expressed by the RCs and the Head of Exams Unit (HEU).

Findings: The study's findings revealed that examination malpractice was perceived to be a common illegal behaviour among students. The study also found that deviant students engage in examination malpractices at CoDE due to inadequate preparation for examinations.

Unique contribution to theory, practice and policy: It was recommended that the management of the college should sensitise all stakeholders, particularly candidates on the sanctions stipulated in their Students’ Handbook for culprits of examination corruption related activities. Also, the college should make study materials available to students on time to fully prepare for all exams.


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Author Biographies

Dr. Felix Senyametor, University of Cape Coast

Department of Education and Psychology

Emmanuel Dorsah, University of Cape Coast

Institute for Educational Planning and Administration

Prof. Mark Owusu Amponsah, University of Cape Coast

Department of Education and Psychology

Dr. Alfred Kweku Ampah-Mensah, University of Cape Coast

Institute for Educational Planning and Administration


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How to Cite

Senyametor, F., Dorsah, E., Amponsah, M. O., & Ampah-Mensah, A. K. (2022). Perceived Determinants of Students’ Examination Corruption in Distance Education. Journal of Online and Distance Learning, 2(1), 1–18.