150,000 Senegalese Students Write BAC Exams After Mass Leak

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About 150,000 high school students in Senegal are writing this year’s French, History and Geography exams late, following their cancellation at the last moment last week because of a major leak of the papers.

Ten students have been arrested, including one who was reportedly caught copying answers received through WhatsApp on his smartphone. The arrests took place in the capital, Dakar, the city of Tivaouane and the town of Diourbel, about 150km (93 miles) away. Police have seized computers at the offices of exam body. Investigations are under way to establish whether the exam papers were sold or students were able to hack into the examiner’s computers.

The teachers union has called for the head of the exam body, Babou Diakham, to resign, but he has refused.

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