The Minister of Education, Prof Ruqayyat Rufai said the Federal Executive Council has approved the amendment to an Act of the West African Examinations Council, which will make culprits of examination malpractice to be liable to five-year jail term or N200,000 fine or both.
The Minister of Education, who announced this in Abuja on Wednesday while briefing State House Correspondents on the outcome of the weekly FEC meeting, said the 2004 Act, “empowers WAEC to take disciplinary action against those who have committed both the offences and penalties for illegally using examination papers and leakage of examination papers.”
She noted that Section 19(1) of the Act reads: “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.
“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.”
She noted that the decision of the meeting was to “give effect to the revised convention of WAEC, 2003 in Nigeria.