About Us

Our History

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. Exam Ethics Students are also required to lead by example in terms of commitment to excelling in exams to discover their talents based on ethics-compliant principles.

  • Founded: 1996

  • Founded by: Ike Onyechere, MFR

  • Category: Non-Governmental, Not-for-profit, Membership Organization

  • Countries of operation: Worldwide

  • Country of Origin: Nigeria

  • Known for: Promoting Ethics, Integrity, and Best Practices in Education


Legal Status

Exam Ethics Marshals International and Exam Ethics Project are registered under the Companies and Allied Matters Act of Federal Republic of Nigeria with all rights and privileges as a corporate and legal entity for the purpose of promoting ethics, integrity and best practices in education. The project is endorsed and approved by Nigeria’s National Council on Education, the highest policy organ in education of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (50th NCE, Yenogoa, Bayelsa State: FME/S./C.25/2003/1/45 of 3rd December, 2003). “Exam Ethics” is registered trademark of Exam Ethics Marshals International and Ethics Resource Centre

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.

Philosophy of Exam Ethics Movement

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 promotes success by promoting ethical values, competence and competitive advantage. Exam Malpractice Theory of Failure holds that: Exam malpractice promotes 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 moral and ethical 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 institution will fall short of being a center of excellence for breeding ethics-friendly leaders of tomorrow.

Core Values & Core Doctrine

The six core values of the Exam Ethics Marshals Movement include:

  • Ethics,

  • Truth,

  • Honor,

  • Integrity,

  • Credibility, and

  • Sustainability.

The core doctrine of the Exam Ethics Marshal Movement since 1996 has been “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.


Exam Ethics has four operational structures to ensure sustenance of the campaign in educational institutions:

  • Exam Ethics Marshals,

  • Exam Ethics Chapters,

  • Exam Ethics Students Club, and

  • Exam Ethics Friend and Partner Institutions.


Hundreds of thousands of Marshals are operational in primary, secondary and tertiary educational institutions in African countries and parts of the world. The membership profile of the Movement spans the entire gamut, categories and levels of education with commitment to promotion of best practices and defence of integrity of education as connecting thread. Among members are ethics-friendly educators; CEOs; Principal Officers, Deans, Departmental Heads, Lecturers and other categories of Staff of public and private Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education and other tertiary Institutions; Principals, Head Teachers and Teachers of public and private primary and secondary schools; School Proprietors and Administrators; officials of education ministries and agencies; officials of PTAs; Leaders of religious and civil society organizations; Political Leaders; Executives and Professionals in private practice and public and private sector organizations including Journalists and Lawyers. Membership is open to interested education stakeholders who satisfy the eligibility conditions


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