Exam cheats to be jailed for seven years

Exam cheats to be jailed for seven years

The Secretary-General of the National Examination Council, Nyok Deng, has warned students and teachers against being involved in examination malpractices or forgery of certificates lest they face the law.

“Examination malpractices come with serious consciences; someone will have to suffer for something that is not for him or her or for the country, so the examination rules are very clear and whoever violates them faces the full force of the law. This is according to the national examination act, and the panel court of 2008 punishes people accordingly,” Deng said.

Students must not talk, whisper, or make hand signals or any other form of verbal or non-verbal communication during the examinations because such actions would be considered to have the intention of cheating.

Deng explained that such malpractices during examinations are a serious crime and that it is enshrined in the national examinations council that whoever is found breaching the rules and regulations of the examination is liable for punishment if found guilty.

”So far, we have people who are avoiding jail time because they were involved in [misconduct] and forging certificates,” he said.

According to the World Bank, “examination malpractice” is defined as “a deliberate wrongdoing that is contrary to official examination rules and is intended to place a candidate at an unfair advantage or disadvantage.’’

Deng also said examination malpractices are illnesses that affect education systems around the globe.

‘‘These examination malpractices could involve entering the exam class with foreign materials, copying another candidate, impersonation, exchanging answer booklets, inappropriate conversations, examiner bribery, amongst others,’’ he explained.

Deng said in order to overcome the examination malpractices this year, the National Examinations Council and the Ministry of Education have managed to deploy national security and police to all the examination centres to ensure maximum security and mitigate malpractices.

“This year we have devised ways and means to ensure the conduct of these exams. We have deployed officers of national security across the country, and so far we have not received any issues, “he explained.

These examination centres are being monitored and controlled by the National Ministries of Education and National Examination Secretariat to comply with the terms of National Security nationwide.

On Wednesday, Vice President Hussein Abdebagi Akol launched the South Sudan Secondary Examinations. He appealed to the candidates throughout the country to help fight examination malpractice.

“We don’t need you to cheat when sitting for the exams,” he said.

 Last month, the National Scarcity in the country arrested seven teachers for allegedly leaking primary school papers via WhatsApp.

 According to a statement that was seen by The City Review, five teachers were from Kapoeta Town in Eastern Equatoria State, one was from Yirol West County in Lake State, and another one was from Malakal Town in Upper Nile State.

The National Security Internal Bureau spokesperson, David John Kumuri, said that the suspects were arrested after the ministry of general education provided them with sufficient information.

 “The national security service would like to take this opportunity to inform the public as of today that an operative has apprehended a suspected individual accused of leaking the South Sudan Primary Examination for the year 2021.”