Indications have emerged that the current penalty against examination malpractices which stipulates a fouryear jail term with an option of fine for offenders may soon be replaced with stiffer measures including a 10-year jail term without an option of fine.

This was the suggestion of the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education and Services, Mohammed Zakari, in Lagos yesterday, at the ongoing two-day summit on examination malpractice organised by the International Office of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC). Mohammed, who noted that the current penalty seemed not enough to discourage perpetrators, linked examination malpractice to the nation’s craze for certificates above skills, accusing coaching centres of being the factories of fake results and other forms of examination malpractices.

He said:”Examination malpractice has become a major challenge facing Africa and Nigeria in particular, and if we don’t kill it, it will ruin us as a nation. “The four-year jail term with option of fine for offenders seems no longer enough to deter them, and I think if we can introduce a 10-year jail term without an option of fine.

Those engaging in the practices will know that we are committed and serious about fighting this menace.” While declaring open the summit, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, said the Federal Government was worried by the rising cases of examination malpractice. Adamu, who was represented at the event by Mr. Mohammed Kareege, said the challenge posed by the development was a core aspect of the general corruption problem in the country.