Exam malpractice: Culprits to pay N200, 000 fine, 5 years jail term –FG



The Federal Executive Council meeting yesterday approved the amendment to an Act of West African Examinations Council (WAEC) that will see exam cheats paying a fine of N200,000 or serve five years jail term or both.

Addressing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan, Minister of Information  alongside the Ministers of Education, Prof. Ruqayyat Rufai, Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, Environment, Hadza Mailafia, said the approval was to give effect to the revised convention of WAEC, 2003 in Nigeria.

Rufai had tabled a memo before the Council seeking approval for the enactment of an Act to amend the WAEC Act, CAP W4, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004 to give effect to the revised convention of WAEC, 2003 in Nigeria.

The 2004 Act, which is to be amended, was empowered to take disciplinary action against those who had committed both the offences and penalties for illegally using examination papers and leakage of examination papers, among others.

Section 19(1) of the Act reads in part as follows: “Such candidate shall not take or be allowed to take or continue the examination, in addition, he shall be prohibited from taking any examination held or conducted by or on behalf of the Council for a period of two years immediately following upon such contraventions and if a candidate aforesaid has already taken any papers at the examination, his result therefrom shall be cancelled.”

“In addition, the candidate may be prosecuted and if found guilty shall be liable on conviction to a fine of N200, 000 or imprisonment for a term of five years or to both such fine and imprisonment.”

Also, Section 20 (2) of the Act reads: “The penalties contained in this sub-section (a) may be imposed whether or not a prosecution for an offence under Section 20 or 21 of this Act has been brought or is being conducted or contemplated and (b) shall be in addition to such other penalties as a court may impose upon conviction for an offence under the aforesaid section 20 or 21.”

The Council further directed the Ministry of Justice to take further necessary action on the subject.

Maku said Council also approved a memo tendered by the Minister of Interior, Abba Moro seeking approval for the draft National Fire Safety Code for implementation nationwide.

He said the code when implemented would reduce the annual loss of N50 billion to fire incidences.

The National Fire Safety Code stipulates safety requirements in buildings estate, markets and similar structures which must be met before approval of building development plans are granted by relevant authorities.


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  4. These people are only chasing shadows hence they have failed to strip Emperor Tinubu of his fake degree in accountancy , Customs Boss , Alhaji Salisu Buhari of Toronto saga with paltry sum of #3,000 naira worth of fine against him you guys are just chasing shadows. Quote me anytime any day I will still repeat same QED .

  5. Exam malpractice=5 yrs imprisonment.Corrupt leaders=0 yrs imprisonment.Our major problem in this country is corruption amongs our leaders.Start from them first with no fear of who is involved.

  6. Our emperors ( corrupt politicians) are stealing billions and billions of naira and nothing is been done…Typical Nigerian systematic failed state, always placing the cart before the horse!

  7. you can now see the type of country we are having, see the speed at which they signed the law, i think the best thing is to end this nation called nigeria, very soon they will start throwing our chilldren to jail as if this is our major problem. this is the country that the likes of babaginda, atiku abubakar, obasanjo abdulsalam, abacha family, late Yaradual wife, the emirs, chief or thieves and host of other state and national criminals are moving freely and are figting hard to come back to leadership.these are persons or animals that are suposed to have been executed or in prision.Truely nigeria is a nation that thieves are protected, it is a shame to be a nigerian , a nation that glorify corrupt leaders.

  8. GEJ I’m surprised that you are a party to this useless law. When the head is rotten the whole body will definitely stink. Nigeria is stinking today because the Presidency, the House, the Senate and the Judiciary are rotten. If you can pass a law that says any law maker including the president caught stealing from the National treasury should face the firing squad as is done in China, then the law against exam malpractice culprits is fair game. The Nigerian leadership is suffering from hubris, they make laws that affect the lives of others, but exempt themselves. For heaven’s sake Mr. President you refused to declare your assets. What a bunch of crackers.

  9. I heard and saw that woman ‘Minister for Education’ reading out this nonsense of punishment to kids for exam malpractice. Even some learned friends of mine are hooting for this action. How many years are you proscribing for thieves, fraud stars, killers, rapist and those in the governance bleeding the nation to death with their fraudulent activities. Very unserious set of people. Please tackle more serious matters and not pretending to be busy doing nothing. Yes, cheating is not good but this draconian action is laughable. Even in University exams, plagiarism does not deserve such punitive measure.

  10. The exam malpractice in the Country is the direct consequence of highly corrupt & inptu -de political leadersh-ip that encourages & abate all forms of vices in the Society. The problem wt Naiga is nt the ablity to make laws,but the will to impliment such laws.Therefore, to check exam malpra -ctices in Nigeria,the Govt.should take holistic look at the institutions incharge of conduct of exams, their agents,collabrat-ors & the syndicates who arrange and collect huge sums of money frm students for payments to the exam supervisors & even also work as the University administra-tors,whom they serve as agents btwn the Dons & rich parents whom pays huge sums to the syndictate who inturn pay to the Univesities for the admission of their wards after post Ume, stage managed exams against the poor students,who scored higher cut off marks in the Jamb exams.The Govt. & the legislature should make law that will deal with the examiners,the known syndicates & their collabrators,if the war against examination malpractice in Naiga,could be meaningful.

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