Senegal Jails ⛓ Teachers Over Baccalaureate Exam Fraud❗

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A teacher in Senegal has been given a five-year prison sentence and another has been fined $32,000 (£24,300) for selling exam papers.

French, English, history and geography baccalaureate tests had to be scrapped last year after the question sheets circulated on social media and WhatsApp.

Several other teachers and dozens of pupils have also been punished. Their sentences range from two-month suspended terms to two years in jail.

The headmaster of Lycée de Kahone in Senegal's capital city, Dakar, admitted selling exam papers but said he was not motivated by the money.

"I wanted to help someone vulnerable who was struggling to get their baccalaureate," Mamadou Djibril Dia is quoted by news site La Vie Senegalaise as telling Dakar's Correctional Court. "[She] asked me to help her because she had already failed twice... If I had wanted to make money I would have sold the tests to wealthier people," he added.

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

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