Euphemisms of Corruption among Students of Higher Institutions in South West Nigeria

(2020) Journal of Language and Education, 6(1), 72-82. doi: 10.17323/jle.2020.10436

11 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2020

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muyiwa ojo

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Olusola Ayandele

The Polytechnic, Ibadan; University of Ibadan

Sunday A. Egbeleye

The Polytechnic, Ibadan

Date Written: March 31, 2020

Abstract

Corruption is a pervasive practice in Nigeria that is commonly associated with government officials who divert public funds for private use, while minimal attention is paid to acts of corruption in the educational sector. This study, which is part of research on how language is used to drive and conceal corruption in Nigeria, aims at revealing some corrupt practices in Nigerian higher institutions that are concealed because of the euphemistic language used by students to describe and help perpetuate corrupt practices in their relationships with academic and non-academic staff of different institutions. Four institutions of higher education in south-west Nigeria were purposively selected and focus group discussions were conducted with 54 conveniently selected students of these institutions to collect qualitative data on the explanation of linguistic codes derived from the first phase of this study. The findings revealed extensive usage of ‘runs’ as a superordinate code for diverse acts of corruption including: sex for marks, cash for marks, sex/cash for grade alterations, examination malpractice, and the use of fake documents. Parents and guardians need to listen closely to the language of students in higher education for early detection of assimilation and acceptance of corrupt practices as a way of life.

Keywords: runs, euphemism, corruption, academic fraud, coded language

Suggested Citation

ojo, muyiwa and Ayandele, Olusola and Egbeleye, Sunday A., Euphemisms of Corruption among Students of Higher Institutions in South West Nigeria (March 31, 2020). (2020) Journal of Language and Education, 6(1), 72-82. doi: 10.17323/jle.2020.10436, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3614604

Muyiwa Ojo (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Olusola Ayandele

The Polytechnic, Ibadan ( email )

Faculty of Business and Communication
Ibadan, Oyo 20024
Nigeria

University of Ibadan

Department of Psychology
University of Ibadan
Ibadan, Oyo 20024
Nigeria

Sunday A. Egbeleye

The Polytechnic, Ibadan ( email )

Faculty of Business and Communication
Ibadan, Oyo 20024
Nigeria

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