Name: Exam Ethics Marshals International.

Founded: 1996

Category: Non-Governmental, not-for-profit, membership organization.

Countries of operation: Worldwide.

Country of origin: Nigeria

Founded by: Ike Onyechere, MFR

Known for: Promoting ethics, integrity and best practices in education

Membership Profile: Ethics-friendly: Principal Officers of education ministries, agencies, institutions, unions, associations; Teaching and Non-Teaching Staff in education, healthcare, agriculture and other specialized institutions ; Executives of private and public sector organizations; Leaders  of faith-based  and civil society organizations; serving and retired Military and Law Enforcement Officers; Public Servants; Business Executives; Political Leaders; Professionals; Parents; and other education stakeholders.


The Organization.

Exam Ethics Marshals International is a non-governmental, not-for-profit membership organization of trained and certified ethics-friendly education stakeholders committed: to code of ethical self-regulation and discipline in their duty posts; to unwavering insistence on best practices in their spheres of operational and leadership influence; and to being models and mentors to pupils, students and colleagues. The Movement stands on three legs: Exam Ethics Marshals; Exam Ethics Students and Exam Ethics Friend and Partner Institutions


Exam Ethics Marshals

Exam Ethics Marshals promote and defend integrity of admission, teaching, examination, certification, registration and regulation processes in education in their duty posts in education ministries, agencies and institutions. There are four categories of Exam Ethics Marshals: Marshals Designate; Marshals; Master Marshals; and Chief Master Marshals.

Marshals Designate are stakeholders who have volunteered to serve and have committed to work in line with Exam Ethics Marshals operational code but are yet to undergo formal training,  inauguration and certification. Marshals are stakeholders who have been formally trained, certified and inaugurated as Marshals. Master Marshals are Marshals who have participated in an Exam Ethics International conference outside their own country. Exceptions may be granted to senior Marshals by the international secretariat. The status of Master Marshal many also be bestowed in recognition of contributions to promotion of best practices in education. Chief Master Marshal, the highest honor of the Movement, is bestowed on individuals in recognition of outstanding contributions to the promotion of best practices in education in their sphere of operational influence and leadership.


Exam Ethics Students

Exam Ethics Students, mentored and supervised by Exam Ethics Marshals, commit to unwavering respect to the rules and regulations governing all examination, assessment and evaluation processes. They work hard to pass their examinations based on ethics compliant principles, and abide by extant safety and security rules, regulations, policies and protocols of their institutions.


Exam Ethics Friend and Partner Institutions.

Exam Ethics Friend and Partner Institutions are educational institutions and agencies that have operational chapters of Exam Ethics Marshals and Exam Ethics Clubs; that make sustained, outstanding and distinguished commitment towards promotion of best practices in education.  Public and private sector organizations that promote, support and facilitate the work of Exam Ethics Marshals also qualify for certification as Friends and Partner Institutions. 



Exam Ethics Marshals International (EEMI), started as Exam Ethics Project, was founded in Nigeria in 1996 by Ike Onyechere, MFR, in response to the need to inspire ethics-friendly education stakeholders to bond and work together to promote best practices in education and facilitate quality education systems capable of producing citizens with character, learning and capacity to deliver transformation. 



The Exam Ethics Marshals Movement was founded on the vision of facilitating education systems capable of producing citizens, professionals and workforce with character to shun corruption and learning and capacity to deliver transformation.



The specific mission of the Movement is to inspire ethics-friendly education stakeholders to bond and work individually and collectively as army of Exam Ethics Marshals, Students, and Institutions to promote ethics, integrity and best practices in education and combat exam malpractice, academic dishonesty and corruption in education.



The International secretariat of Exam Ethics Marshals is in Abuja Nigeria. The Movement operates national, regional, state and institutional chapters. The Project is implemented under inter-agency, multi-stakeholder collaboration format with the support and facilitation of diverse range of stakeholders including: Governments; Education Ministries, Agencies and Institutions; Public and Private Sector Organizations; Anti-Corruption and Multilateral Agencies; etc


Principal Executives.

Ike Onyechere, MFR, Founder & Chairman, International Executive Council (IEC)

Prof. Abednego Ekoko, Fhsn, Chairman, Board of Trustees & Chief Master Marshal

Maj-Gen MA Efeovbokhan (RTD), Chief Master Marshal & Chair, Strategy and Logistics

Salihu Omehi Yahaya, Coordinating Master Marshal, Nigeria, & Member, IEC

Kofi Ashiboe-Mensah, Country Director, Ghana & Member, IEC.

Terry Founding, Country Director,Cameroon, & Member, IEC

Mngoma Godfrey Wallace, Country Director, Tanzania, & Member, IEC

Angela Esan, Administrative Secretary, International Secretariat (InterSec).

Emma Mbah, Director, Research, Planning & Operations, InterSec  

Dauda Rasheed, Head of Productions, InterSec                   


Concept of Exam Ethics.

Examination ethics is the respect for the rules, regulations, codes of conduct and moral principles governing examination, assessment and evaluating systems in education and other competitive endeavors.  


Exam Ethics is the opposite of examination malpractice, which is any act of omission or commission which compromises the validity of any examination, assessment or evaluation system in education and any other competitive endeavor.  



The philosophical foundation of the Exam Ethics Movement is hinged on the Exam Ethics Theory of Success and Exam Malpractice Theory of Failure.


Exam Ethics Theory of Success holds that: Exam Ethics promote success by promoting ethical values, competence and competitive advantage.


Exam Malpractice Theory of Failure holds that: Exam malpractice promote failure by promoting corruption, incompetency and competitive disadvantage.


The exam ethics theory of success and exam malpractice theory of failure hold true for individuals, institutions, companies, organizations, states, regions and nations.


Fundamental Belief.

The fundamental belief of the Movement is that unless and until the moral foundation of education is rebuilt and strengthened, all other efforts aimed at combating corruption, promoting national values, socio-economic development, good governance and good leadership will not achieve sustainable success. And unless the integrity of education is successfully defended in any institution, that institutions will fall short of being a center of excellence for breeding ethics-friendly leaders of tomorrow. 


Pause for a moment and envision the revolution that will be unleashed in an institution if every academic and non academic staff and every student seriously commit to code of ethics, integrity and best practice in his or her respective sphere of operational and leadership influence in that institution. Imagine the impact if the revolution is enacted in every institution in every state, region, country. Education will deliver on its role of raising  citizens, leaders and workers with character to shun corruption and the skills, ability and competence to deliver transformation. The moral fibre of society will be strengthened. Youths, leaders of tomorrow, will be weaned on diets of ethics and integrity and best practices. The war against corruption will be won in the short and long term.


Core Values.

The six core values of Exam Ethics Marshals Movement include: Ethics, Truth,  Honor, Integrity, Credibility and Sustainability.


Core Doctrine.

The core doctrine of the Exam Ethics Marshal Movement since 1996 is “it starts with me”.  The most important contribution of the Marshal is to adhere strictly to the code of ethical self regulation and discipline in his or her duty post. Only then can the Marshal summon the moral authority to insist on best practices from other stakeholders as well as act as a model and mentor to pupils and students. The Marshal Movement is, first and foremost, about what you are doing, what I am doing as a Marshal.


Legal Status

Exam Ethics Marshals International and its Special Project Vehicles are registered NGOs in countries of operation. “Exam Ethics” is a registered trademark which aids the protection of the concept from misapplication, misuse or deviations from operational core values as and when necessary.



Programmes revolve around the core mission of promoting and defending the code of ethics, integrity and best practices that govern  admission, teaching, examination, certification, registration and regulation processes in education. Programmes include: exam ethics capacity building and advocacy programmes; training , orientation, induction and deployment of Marshals towards institutionalization of exam ethics campaign; advocacy;  publications and distribution of exam ethics resource books,  manuals and materials; exam monitoring support services; election monitoring support duties.


Membership is open to all ethics-friendly individuals, institutions, agencies, organizations and Governments. The work of Exam Ethics Marshals is based on self-recruited volunteerism. Volunteers are required to meet minimum conditions including: courage of conviction in the core concept, values, doctrine, beliefs and philosophy of Exam Ethics Marshals Movement; self-discipline; minimum educational qualification of National Certificate in Education, Higher National Diploma, First Degree or equivalent professional qualification; registration as members of their professional bodies, trade group or association for practicing professionals; positive references. visit www.examethicsmarshals.org for more details.



The development of the concept, philosophy, fundamental belief,  vision, mission, structure, core doctrine, core values and programme of the Exam Ethics Marshals Movement benefitted from ideas and recommendations of  summits, retreats, conferences and workshops from 1996. References are also made to under-listed books and manuals by the Ike Onyechere, MFR in articulating this article 

  1. Promoting Examination Ethics – Challenge of  collective responsibility, 1997
  2. Examination Ethics Handbook, 1997
  3. Defending Integrity of Education, 2011.
  4. How to Excel in Examinations, 2011
  5. Technical and Integrity Skills for Administration of Credible Examinations
  6. Safe School Manual, 2014
  7. Exam Ethics Manual, 2014









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