UCC warns public on use of Social Media to carryout examination malpractice

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In this period when Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) examinations have kicked off, the communication regulator the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) have come out to warn the public on perpetrating in online examination malpractice. The commission and other security agencies have received reports that a racket of unscrupulous individuals are using social media platforms like WhatsApp to commit examination malpractices and to fleece the unsuspecting members of the public of their money on the basis of fraudulent promises to offer them access to examination papers.

UCC warns in a blog post that “such practices are contrary to Section 19 of the Uganda National Examinations Board Act (Cap 173) and the Computer Misuse Act 2011.”

UCC is working closely with UNEB and other security agencies to track the authors of such messages and the general public is advised against participating, aiding and abetting any such illegal practices in order to avoid the risk of either becoming victims to such frauds or being arrested and/or prosecuted for aiding and abetting crimes under the Uganda National Examinations Board Act (Cap 173) and the Computer Misuse Act 2011.

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The commission has requested the to report any examination related malpractice incidents encountered online for further investigation.

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