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NUPPEZ worries over increased exam malpractice

General News NUPPEZ worries over increased exam malpractice

MRS Mulomba Mutakwa sitting for her History examination paper.
MRS Mulomba Mutakwa sitting for her History examination paper.

Central Province National Union for Public and Private Educators of Zambia (NUPPEZ) Secretary, Richard Tembo, has advised the Examinations Council of Zambia (ECZ) to revise measures that safeguard the security of examinations in Zambia.

Mr Tembo says NUPPEZ is disappointed with the escalating levels of examination malpractice in the education sector over the years, which has now moved to another level of being circulated on social media.

Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Kabwe today, Mr Tembo notes that the continued cases of exam malpractice has the potential to jeopardise the quality of education in the country.

He explained that the rate at which examinations are being exposed on social platforms, can also endanger the credibility of Zambian qualification on the international market.

He said the ECZ, being the author as well as the custodians of examinations in the country, has the mandate to ensure proper security of examinations in order to curb malpractice among pupils.

Mr Tembo notes that postponement of grades 7, 9 and 12 examinations was not fair on the innocent pupils who were prepared to write their examinations, saying the move will affect them psychologically.

He has since urged school-going individuals to continue studying hard and to stay away from exam malpractice as it would affect them to excel in higher learning institutions where there is zero-tolerance to any form of leakage.

Mr Tembo further appealed to relevant authorities to bring to book and punish the officers who were involved in leaking the examinations to the public domain as this could set an example to would-be offenders in the future.

Last week, government, through the Ministry of General Education, postponed examinations for grades 7, 9 and 12 due to alleged countrywide examination malpractice.

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  1. The culprits should be ECZ and some crooks in the teaching profession. What a country!!!No wounder some school Children pass exams they never studied for.Bring back Cambridge Exams or GCE London exams for secondary school levers so that zambian education standards can get back to what they were in the 60‘s and 70’s.No wonder these days you will be asked to write certain subjects including English when you want to go and study abroad or work abroad because our educational system is of inferior quality and suspicious.We need to go back to those days when school leavers used to go and study in Britain straight from schools so that we gain the respect we had.God bless Zambia

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