As netizens continue to debate what could potentially be the week’s biggest story, fresh details have emerged regarding the controversial investigative report on Kenya’s Academic Writing racket which was recently aired by leading US media house, CBS Television.
The piece which exposed how youthful and jobless Kenyan graduates have built a multimillion empire from completing essays and assignments for American students sparked varied reactions across social media.
The pandemic has seen an explosion in online education — but also cheating.— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) July 26, 2021
A @CBSNews investigation found an industry in Kenya that thrives on American students who pay to cheat for college-level assignments. @Debora_Patta spoke to some of those Kenyan writers. pic.twitter.com/YPO5KvGfv1
While some simply expressed shock as to how far the ordinary Kenyan youth is willing to go just to earn a daily bread, most of the comments revolved around the two Kenyan interviewees in the report and their guts to go LIVE on camera with such chilling confessions.
Many couldn’t understand why the two Academic Writers, Joanne and William willingly exposed an entire industry that previously fed them and continues to feed millions of jobless youth every day; and more so, to an international media organization.
From a screenshot of a WhatsApp conversation seen by cnyakundi.com, we can confidently establish that CBS reporter Debra Patta flew onto the country as early as April 2021 and had been actively looking for links to academic writers willing to spill the beans in front of her glaring cameras.
The interviews were to be conducted on a voluntary anonymity basis with a potential token of appreciation after completion.
From the conversation in question, an academic writer named Laura sent a message to our source on 6th April 2021 asking if he would be interested in working on a project with CBS.
“Hey, hope you good. My sister is working on a project with CBS Reality about academic writing. They want someone to interview about how it’s done and I thought of you. Your face will be blurred if you don’t want to be seen,” she writes.
The source, however, turns down the offer and says he is unwilling to betray his source of income.
“No I wouldn’t. This is like asking me to be a Judas to my industry,” he responded.
From Joanne and William’s narrations to CBS, to make the whole racket work, Kenyan writers are usually given login details to various student portals of the American learners which subsequently gives them access to the amenities like the Campus library, where they can study for the exams before sitting them on their behalf.
In the interview, William himself confessed that he had been doing exams and other academic writing work for several years on behalf of an American student.
He revealed that the Mzungu handsomely paid him to do his undergraduate degree as well as his master’s degree.
Just like Joanne, William he cited financial struggles as the his motivation into joining the fast-growing industry.
He lamented that he had been unsuccessfully searching for work since he finished school.
“You can’t steal and so you have to find something to do for yourself. It is not really something you would be proud of to tell people that you help others cheat,” be says in the interview.
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