WAEC exams cheats face N200,000 fine
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.