Senegal jails lecturers over baccalaureate exam fraud

Hands holding smartphones Image copyright Getty Images Symbol caption Secondary school scholars shared examination question papers over social media

A instructor in Senegal has been given a five-12 months jail sentence and every other has been fined $32,000 (£24,300) for selling exam papers.

French, English, historical past and geography baccalaureate checks had to be scrapped last yr after the question sheets circulated on social media and WhatsApp.

Several different teachers and dozens of students have additionally been punished.

Their sentences vary from -month suspended terms to two years in jail.

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The headmaster of Lycée de Kahone in Senegal’s capital town, Dakar, admitted promoting examination papers however stated he was once not prompted by the money.

“i wished to assist someone prone who was suffering to get their baccalaureate,” Mamadou Djibril Dia is quoted by way of news site L. A. Vie Senegalaise as telling Dakar’s Correctional Court Docket.

“She asked me to assist her because she had already failed two times… If I had wanted to become profitable i would have bought the checks to wealthier other people,” he added.

In addition to his five-12 months prison sentence, Dia was was fined 500,000 CFA francs ($886; £676).

Teachers from no less than two secondary colleges have additionally been sentenced for “criminal conspiracy, fraud and fraudulently obtaining undue subject matter benefits”.

The heaviest of these was a great of $32,000 and a -yr jail sentence handed to French teacher Abdoulaye Ndour of Lycée Yalla Suren.

Senegalese information website Le Soleil says the courtroom heard proof that Ndour had positioned $12,000 of proceeds from examination paper sales in his bank account.

A general of 32 pupils received suspended sentences for their involvement, starting from six months to 2 years in prison.

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