An Algerian lawmaker has been jailed for three years for trying to help his daughter cheat on a school math exam, according to the state news agency. APS tuesday.
Abdenacer Ardjoun, a ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) MP, was arrested earlier this month after he tried to smuggle an envelope containing the test answers to his daughter.
Under Algerian law, the immunity of parliamentarians extends only to activities related to their work.
A local police chief, the school principal and another person received the same sentence in Monday’s ruling, the agency said without identifying the fourth person. The police chief was hired by Ardjoun to deliver the answers and was imprisoned for attempted fraud and “abuse of power”.
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According AFPCheating has been on the rise in Algerian schools in recent years, prompting authorities to crack down on it. Last year, 31 people were jailed for between six months and three years for cheating on high school exams.
Measures taken by the Algerian government include widespread internet shutdowns and temporary social media blockages during exam periods and penalties of up to 15 years in prison for leaking exam papers.
Cutting internet access during high school exams is a common measure taken to prevent cheating in some Arab countries, including Iraq and Sudan.