If you live in Benue State and you are good at taking "cheat chips" to examination halls, it is time to abandon that habit.

Cases of malpractice have increased in the state to the point that it is eroding people's confidence in the education system.

The Benue State House of Assembly cannot seat and watch this trend continue.

On Thursday, the lawmakers passed the Examination Malpractice Prohibition Bill 2017.

The Chairman, Committee on Education, Ngunan Addingi, told reporters that the state needs a legal framework that would aid in the eradication of the spreading disease.

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She said school principals, especially in rural areas, admit students in SSS 3 and aid them during external examinations to indulge in malpractices.

After several lawmakers blamed the situation on poor supervision of examination, parents and politicians, the Speaker of the state house, Terkimbi Ikyange, asked ministry of education to step up monitoring activities.

Ikyange further urged secondary schools to stop admitting students in SSS 3 which is against the rules of engagement.

He said that under the law any student, under 18 years, who is involved in malpractice would be fined 50,000 Naira or one year jail term or both.

Critics have blamed poor enforcement of laws in Nigeria for the increase in indiscipline and corrupt activities.

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