Burkina Faso announces repeat of public service entry exams

Burkina Faso government on Thursday announced a repeat of the 2015 public service entry examinations which were marred by allegations of fraud and were later cancelled in October of the same year.


“To ensure fairness, transparency in organization of the examinations and equality for candidates who sat the 2015 tests, the cabinet has decided that the examinations will be repeated in 2016. Consequently, candidates who sat for these examinations in 2015 will sit for supplementary tests in 2016,” a statement issued after a cabinet meeting in Ouagadougou stated.

Since September last year, hundreds of candidates who sat for the public service entry examinations began protesting demanding for a repeat of the same tests due to the irregularities that had been noted.

On Oct. 23, 2015, the director of Burkina Faso National Television and 15 others were sentenced to six months in prison for “complicity in the fraud,” whereas seven other individuals were sentenced to 12 months in prison and fined 500,000 CFA Francs (about 1,000 U.S. dollars) over the same charges.

An operation carried out in July 2015 led to the discovery of over 1,000 “ghost workers” in Burkina Faso’s public service. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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