British newspaper the Daily Mail have published the findings of an undercover investigation into Nairobi’s ‘essay factories’ in which Kenyan academics work gruelling 12-hour shifts writing essays for hundreds of thousands of British and American students in an industry believed to be worth £100 million.
The report alleges that these highly educated experts earn as little as a dollar an hour while their millionaire bosses cream off the profits and cheating Western teenagers take the credit for their hard work.
Kenya has established itself as the centre of the academic cheating business, described by politicians as a ‘cancer’ that is ‘undermining our universities brick by brick’, due to the large numbers of educated graduates who are unable to find employment.
Demand for essays is too huge for many Kenyan businessmen to ignore with latest conservative estimates suggesting around 115,000 British students buy essays each year.
In an attempt to clamp down on the practise, following pressure from the British Government, PayPal announced in March it would block payments to essay factories in an effort to clamp down on the cheats, but some entrepreneurs have already turned to alternative payment methods.
Liberal Democrat peer, Lord Mike Storey, has also tabled a private members’ bill to pressure the Government to make the advertising of such services illegal in Britain, following similar legislation in New Zealand, Ireland and Australia which he says has greatly reduced cheating at universities in those countries.
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