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Police in Lusaka, Copperbelt and Southern Provinces arrest 16 people in connection with leaked exam papers

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Esther Katongo
Esther Katongo

Police in Lusaka, Copperbelt and Southern Provinces have arrested 16 people in connection with the leaked 2018 Grade 7, 9 and 12 examination papers.

Zambia Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said among those arrested are teachers and pupils.

Here is a full statement

LUSAKA, 1ST NOVEMBER, 2018 –Police in Lusaka, Copperbelt and Southern Provinces have so far arrested a total of 16 people in connection with the leaked 2018 grade 7, 9 and 12 examination papers. Among those arrested are teachers and pupils.

In Lusaka Province, Police have arrested five people identified as Ishmael Manda aged 25 of John Leing Compound also a teacher at Islamic Orphanage Secondary School in Makeni who was found with copies of grade nine (9) Mathematics, English, Religious Education, Art and Design and Business Science Examination papers on his mobile phone, Christopher Sampa aged 43 who is Director at CS Christian Private School in Chipata Compound in Lusaka, Alphate Kabamba aged 29, a businessman of Kabanana Compound who was found with hard copies of Art and Design, Religious Education and Social Studies, Alphonso Milambo aged 40, a teacher at Ellensdale Primary School and Angela Mumba Mulenga who was in charge of the strong room at Ellensdale School in Ngwerere.

Further investigations at Ellensdale Strong room revealed that Examination papers for Art and Design, Religious Education and Social Studies were tempered with.
Investigations conducted on the Copperbelt led to the arrest of three people identified as Humphrey Kamfwa Tembo aged 33 who was found with grade nine Mathematics paper 1 and 2, Collins Solochi aged 25 who was found with Social studies Paper 1 and 2 and a paper for Business Studies and also Andrew Banda aged 22 who was found in possession of English paper 2 for grade 12 and a hard copy of answers for Mathematics paper.

In Mazabuka of Southern Province, Police arrested Given Kanyeleti aged 24 of Nakambala Compound who was found photocopying a handwritten leaked Science paper 2 for grade 9. Further investigations led to the arrest of a grade nine pupil of Ndeke School aged 18 of Nakambala Compound.

Others arrested in Mazabuka are two grade nine (9) pupils at Maneila Open Community School who were found with grade nine (9) Computer Studies paper 1 and 2, Integrated Science Practical and both paper 1 and 2, English Language papers paper 1 and 2 for grade nine and Social Studies Examination papers.
The suspects have been charged with unauthorized possession of Examination paper or Information.

Investigations conducted in Mazabuka further revealed that Examination paper packs at Namaila Primary School had been tempered with and copies of Mathematics paper two (2), Social studies and Chitonga were missing. Four teachers namely Augustine Musenga aged 46 who is a Head Teacher at Namaila Primary School, Hedson Machila aged 42, Simon Sikombe aged 40 and Oliver Hauma aged 42 all teachers at the above mentioned school were arrested and investigations in the matter have continued.

Police have continued with investigations and members of the public will be updated on any new development.

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  1. If Zambian exam papers get leakage so much then how can we be sure the Zambian presidential ballots were clean,free and fair?

    • This practice has been going for years, has the council failed to find a permanent solution. Every year we have to deal with the same problem!!!

    • Can you imagine almost every year there is leakage of exams, and this has been going on for past 40 years now, still we can’t get it fixed???
      WHAT the FUUUU…k is happening in Zambia? Are we so dum.b that we can not fix this leakage issue? How do you want to safeguard Nuclear Research centre, think about it?

      This is not about being negative, but we are tired of listening to this Mr Leakage

    • Jonathan eats from the countrie’s Ibala and it’s okay. Poor teacher tries to eat from his Ibala and is arrested. Where is the fairness?

    • Sharon, good to see you make a great comment without dragging in HH and UPND. Keep up the good work. Congratulations. I agree with you. These leakers need to be given real stiff penalties—5 to 10 years will help discourage future would be leakers.

  2. Thanks to the Minister of Education on this and kudos to the PF government on this one.

    To tackle the leackages problem that is cliché in Zambia and has been for a long time you need to bring the pushers to book as thus will surely serve as an example to would be offenders.

    Facebook and other social media platforms are the reason why people are lazy to study and the promise of leackages during times makes it worse.

    Our education standards have come down mainly because of the problems – deal exam leaks and they will be away from Facebook and bung things will work like charm as our education standarda will improve.

  3. ECZ must not be spared in these on-going investigations. The source cant be as a clean as a whistle in this mischief.

  4. Those found with copies of leaked papers are not the culprits because the leaked papers were available for anyone with access to a phone to make copies. Get to the bottom of this and arrest the actual perpetrators that is those who had actual access to the original papers either by having access to the strongrooms or printing department.

  5. Southern province and two cosmopolitan provinces say a lot about infiltration of the opposition to destabilize the country.

    • Gbm has demonstrated where the thieves in this country come from. Those are the real destabilisers and the others are just trying to catch up since you cant even get justice with heavily lopsided and unqualified concourt in place!!

      Work places sme. Institutionalised regionalism!!

  6. Like it or not, the high increasing use of leakages is a sign that our education system needs to be fixed. We are living at a time when our lives as adults and those of our children have been altered by use of the internet. Our current exam system wants us to memorise much of what we learn and read in order to pass meanwhile the internet has shaped us into a search and find. Much more, what children learn at school and do at home is different. That’s why children nowadays are good at playing games at home, operating digital televisions,etc. because they find it to be practical than theory they learn at school. Let our children learn the Zambian History, carry out farming experiments, learn entrepreneurship and encourage them to be innovative at a tender age. Lets make our education…

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