We will verify all Grade 12 certificates, says Examination Council of Zambia

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Michael  Chilala Examinations Council of Zambia Director
Michael Chilala Examinations Council of Zambia Director

The Examination of Zambia says it will verify all Grade 12 certificates for any candidate wishing to contest the upcoming general elections.
Addressing a media briefing in Lusaka, ECZ Director Michael Chilala said the Council has set 14th March to 13 May 2016 as the verification period of school certificates for individuals aspiring for the various political positions in the August elections.

Dr Chilala explained that the general certificate of education will only be considered as a grade twelve full school certificate if it meets the set standards of a pass in 6 subjects including English.

He said that those candidates who lost or misplaced their school certificates must get a police report and an affidavit in order for ECZ to verify the qualifications.

“For foreign qualifications, it is important to note that the ECZ will be verify these qualifications too but for those qualifications in foreign language, we will ask those submitting them to translate them before we could verify them,” Dr Chilala said.

He added, “It is important to note that verification of foreign qualifications start with verifications with the issuing agencies after which we are able to determine the equivalence of those grades with the local ones. ECZ will determine whether a candidate has obtained a minimum a Grade 12 certificate or its equivalent.”

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    • Chilala is also dull. Why would a college or university graduate produce a grade 12 certificate. The constitution says a minimum of grade 12. Anything above grade 12 also qualifies. ECZ cant even translate foreign language papers, shame on them. Chilala has now seen an opportunity to make some money. Leave the job to elections office.

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  2. Finally we can enter a new chapter and do away with illiterate representatives in government. Kudos!

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  3. Having a G12 certificate you call that a educated, maybe a diploma would have been much better.

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    • We all know that grade 12 or its equivalent is the minimum qualification. We all welcome this first step in the right direction.

      Our next step will be devolution of power…. Giving power to the grassroots, in individual provinces. That will be key to developing our country.
      We can’t have everything being planned, decided, financed and supervised

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  4. Better than before when even grade seven failures would be people’s representatitives so long they had witchcraft!!

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  5. Its a start. This should translate into making access to education for all universal. This, we the people, is posterity we are giving to ourselves.
    We still have people that don’t appreciate higher education because they have never had the minimum. Imagine all our talented businessmen, artists, athletes, chiefs (in short all zambians) had at least a respectable G12.

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  6. Start with GBM since he said he will surprise us. I can’t wait to see Upnd veep going back to prison for forgery.

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  7. masumba . okay ooookay. he qualifies……….. since the forgery was at a higher level

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  8. What about ama form 5?? Do they have to change their papers? The talk is about Grade 12 which was introduced in 1984

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  9. This Chilala PhD. who told him that one needs a Grade 12 School Certificate and that he can disqualify the Grade 12 GCE Certificate. The boy should read the constitution again. It says minimum grade 12 certificate – it does not say this must be at School Certificate level. ECZ gives GCE Certificate and School Certificate and the constitution does not specifically state one of the two.

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  10. OK sounds all great, but who is paying for all this service and which budget? Is is the other ECZ (Electoral Commission of Zambia) or this ECZ (Examination Council of Zambia) or the Treasury?

    And what happens in cases of disputes? Will there be enough time to complete all the court processes or there will be injunction after injunction? Will the presumption be that a person is qualified until the courts say otherwise or the other way round?

    They should rather focus on the risks involved in all this process and what mitigation strategies they have in place. How will they determine that a year 10 at a Cockroach University in CockroachKistan country is equivalent to year 12 in Zambia? The resources and time required to initiate communications, discuss, compare and arrive at a…

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  11. OK sounds all great, but who is paying for all this service and which budget? Is is the other ECZ (Electoral Commission of Zambia) or this ECZ (Examination Council of Zambia) or the Treasury?

    And what happens in cases of disputes? Will there be enough time to complete all the court processes or there will be injunction after injunction? Will the presumption be that a person is qualified until the courts say otherwise or the other way round?

    They should rather focus on the risks involved in all this process and what mitigation strategies they have in place. How will they determine that a year 10 at a Cockr0ach University in [email protected] country is equivalent to year 12 in Zambia? The resources and time required to initiate communications, discuss, compare and arrive at a…

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  12. OK sounds all great, but who is paying for all this service and which budget? Is it the other ECZ (Electoral Commission of Zambia) or this ECZ (Examination Council of Zambia) or the Treasury?

    And what happens in cases of d!sputes? Will there be enough time to complete all the court processes or there will be injunction after injunction? Will the presumption be that a person is qualified until the courts say otherwise or the other way round?

    They should rather focus on the risks involved in all this process and what mitigation strategies they have in place. How will they determine that a year 10 at a Cockr0ach University in [email protected] country is equivalent to year 12 in Zambia? The resources and time required to initiate communications, discuss, compare and arrive at a…

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  13. OK sounds all great, but who is paying for all this service and from which budget? Is it the other ECZ (Electoral Commission of Zambia) or this ECZ (Examination Council of Zambia) or the Treasury?

    And what happens in cases of d!sputes? Will there be enough time to complete all the court processes or there will be injunction after injunction? Will the presumption be that a person is qualified until the courts say otherwise or the other way round?

    They should rather focus on the risks involved in all this process and what mitigation strategies they have in place. How will they determine that a year 10 at a Cockr0ach University in [email protected] country is equivalent to year 12 in Zambia? The resources and time required to initiate communications, discuss, compare and arrive at a…

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  14. Grade 12 or not, the best news ever received in Katuba constituency is that Jonas Shakafuswa might not continue representing us any more. Even now as I write there is a power black out in the constituency and that’s despite load shedding the whole day. I shudder to think there is anything that the man may point to as having achieved. Politics aside, this is reality

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  15. My friend wise one the law doesn’t apply guess work. If you have say G7, G9, G12,CABS,etc the G7 & G9 will be put aside & the G12 is minimum. If on the other hand you are like Dr Kaingu & you have form 2, then a number of trade certificates, degree, MBA, PHD they will tell you thanks for your hardwork but you don’t qualify as you don’t have a minimum G12 or equivalent. The interpretation is hierarchical & G12 has to be physical just like they wouldn’t allow you to vote if you only showed up with a passport or drivers’ licence without NRC.

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    • They are misinterpreting the Law. Besides the ECZ is not mandated by Law to interprete the Law. The law dosent say FULL grade 12 certificate, it simply says a Grade 12 certificte. Therefore even a single subject pass at GCE is a Grade 12 certificte unless there is another name for it. The only problem with Zambia is we make Laws with certain individual in mind. The Mwanakatwe Constitutional Review Commission 1995 is one such example, in that it was target at Kenneth Kaunda. Remember the parentage nonsense. This is the reason why our Laws do not stand the test of time.

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  16. Yaba, yazanda bane, i can understand Kaingu’s predicament. He joined ZAF through an aptitude test and gained a lot of experience along the way and was due for ma PHD. In most universities in the developed world, u can get admitted to do a masters based on your vast experience in a particular area of specialisation. What they call case by case special entry.
    I think a lot of people will be affetced. Abena Kambili, counsellors and most PF chaps, awe cant wait for the drama.

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  17. Zambia is very interesting country. Instead of debating about building advanced research institutes, you`re wasting time on grade 12 certificates.

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  18. The Law says a GRADE 12 Certificate. It dosent say a FULL grade 12 certificate. By the way , why is ECZ interpreting the Law?

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