Kenyan academic writers have suffered a huge blow after the UK government moved to ban all commercial essay-writing services for students.
The services are offered through dozens of websites known as ‘essay mills’, which act as a bridge between paid writers and college students. Essaywriter, Studypool, and Uvocorp are some of the popular essay mills.
The essay mills usually advertise the service to students in rich English-speaking countries such as the US and the UK, and then hire writers in low-income countries to do the work at a fee.
Kenya is a big player in the multi-billion-shilling academic writing industry and is believed to be among the countries with the highest number of academic writers in the world.
Every year, more Kenyan graduates join this market, owing to the high rate of unemployment in the country.
This month, the UK government announced that all essay mills will be made illegal.
“Services offering to provide students with essays for money, known as essay mills, are to be made illegal under plans announced by the government,” the statement read.
“The government intends to make it a criminal offense to provide, arrange or advertise these cheating services for financial gain to students taking a qualification at any institution in England providing post-16 education including universities.”
UK Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills Alex Burghart said: “Essay mills are completely unethical and profit by undermining the hard work most students do. We are...
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