WAEC ex­ams cheats face N200,000 fine

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - Su­per­vis­ing Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, Nye­som Wike By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi & Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

Those in­volved in mal­prac­tices at the Or­di­nary Level ex­am­i­na­tions will now face a fine of N200, 000 ac­cord­ing to the amend­ment on the West African Ex­am­i­na­tion Coun­cil (WAEC) Act cur­rently be­fore the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. The of­fence was pre­vi­ously pun­ished by a fine of N2, 000.

The bill passed the sec­ond read­ing and seeks stiffer penalty and ex­am­i­na­tion of­fences.

The fine is pro­vided in amend­ments to Sec­tions 20 and 21 of the prin­ci­pal Act, where it says the fine will run notwith­stand­ing crim­i­nal prose­cu­tion of such cheats.

Leading de­bate on the Bill, House leader, Mu­likat Akande-Ade­ola, said it pro­vides that Sec­tion 19 of the WAEC prin­ci­pal Act be amended to in­clude of­fences such as “il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of ex­am­i­na­tions pa­pers; hav­ing fore­knowl­edge of the con­tents of an ex­am­i­na­tion paper and mak­ing use of an ex­am­i­na­tion paper or the con­tents of it in any man­ner what­so­ever with­out law­ful author­ity.”

She said the amend­ment also seeks to do­mes­ti­cate the re­vised con­ven­tion of WAEC in Nigeria, say­ing be­ing a con­trib­u­tor of fund to the coun­cil; the coun­try is yet to do­mes­ti­cate the 2003 con­ven­tion de­spite its rat­i­fi­ca­tion.

Also con­tribut­ing, Rep Fort Dike (PDP, Anam­bra) ap­pealed the law­mak­ers to “speed­ily ap­prove the sec­ond read­ing of the bill be­cause we are all aware of the hap­pen­ings in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.”

Speaker Aminu Waziri Tam­buwal re­ferred it to the com­mit­tee on ed­u­ca­tion for fur­ther leg­isla­tive ac­tion.

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