Congo stops oral exam cheats

2011-09-12 22:20

Brazzaville - In a bid to curb cheating, the Congo said on Monday it would stop the practice of pupils taking the final test for their high school diploma orally.

"The decision to stop oral exams comes from high up," Education Minister Rosalie Kama said.

According to education ministry officials, passing the oral exam has become a "mere formality" with pupils bribing their teachers for higher marks.

The high school diploma is needed to gain access to university.

For 2011, 52% of 21 000 potential university candidates obtained their diploma.

The United Nations Development Programme estimates the Congo's illiteracy rate at 88%.