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Legislators call for tough action on exam cheats

04 April 2014, 17:25Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - Federal law makers have unanimously voted for stiffer penalties against examination malpractices in the country.

The law makers expressed concern that the current N2 000 fine stipulated by the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) Act was inadequate in tackling the growing scourge of examination cheating.

The legislators proposed a N200 000 fine for any culprits caught cheating during  WAEC examinations.

Leading debate on the bill, the House Majority Leader, Mulikat Akande-Adeola, said there was the need to amend Sections 20/21 of the Principal Act to incorporate the new fine.

The law maker also supported the need to include possession of examination paper prior to examination date as an act of examination malpractice.

“Having fore-knowledge of the contents of an examination paper or making use of an examination paper or the content of it in any manner whatsoever without lawful authority equates to cheating. I propose an amendment to the entire Section 19 of the Principal Act.

The majority leader noted that Nigeria had yet to domesticated the 2013 Convention of WAEC.

Other law makers supported the argument and unanimously passed the for a final reading.

- CAJ News

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