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.