Reps proposes 10-year jail term for examination fraudsters

Basic Education Certificate Examination

House of Representatives is proposing a ten year jail term for cheats in examinations being conducted in Nigeria.

The proposed law seeks to replace the existing penalty, which stipulates a four year jail term and an option of N100,000 fine.

Chairman of the House committee on basic education and services, Mohammed Zakari, announced the new initiative in Lagos, at a summit organized by the West African Examination Council on Examination malpractice.

The existing penalty, according to him, is inadequate to discourage the growing threat of examination fraud in the country, while accusing special coaching and miracle centres of producing fake results.

Zakari accused coaching and “miracle” centres as “factories that produce fake results’, and called on stakeholders to join forces to combat the menace.

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