In Summary
  • On Thursday, PayPal, announced it was withdrawing its services to essay-writing firms selling to university students.
  • Essay companies rely heavily on payment platforms to process student orders and payments for those who do the academic writing.
  • Universities in Kenya prohibit academic cheating but there is no law preventing Kenyans from engaging in the practice for students in other countries.

Thousands of jobless graduates from Kenya who help lazy university students in developed countries to cheat academically could soon be forced to find something else to do after the UK government started clamping down on essay mills.

On Thursday, international digital money transfer service, PayPal, announced it was withdrawing its services to essay-writing firms selling to university students. This was after weeks of pressure from the UK government, which insists stopping payments for essay mills would go a long way in beating academic cheating.

PAYMENTS

PayPal, which is so far the most popular method of processing payments for the essay mills, announced it would contact the companies starting from next week informing them of its intention to stop payments.

“PayPal is working with businesses associated with essay-writing services to ensure our platform is not used to facilitate deceptive and fraudulent practices in education,” PayPal told British broadcaster BBC.

“PayPal will continue to diligently review and take appropriate action on accounts found to be facilitating cheating or otherwise undermining academic integrity,” it said.

PAYMENTS

Essay companies rely heavily on payment platforms to process student orders and payments for those who do the academic writing.

Although the decision by PayPal is an isolated move by a single company, the British government is understood to be piling pressure on other payment platforms to withdraw their services as well.

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