The Zambia National Students Union has commended management at various institutions of higher learning who have worked round the clock to maintain the sanctity of examinations by not allowing cheating by some students.
ZANASU Information and Publicity Assa Williey says the Union is aware that the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE) and the University of Zambia (UNZA) disqualified 3 and 12 students, respectively, for cheating.
Ms. Williey said in some cases, students went into examination rooms with materials disguised on their smart phones.
“Our position is that students do not deserve to cheat during examination. The practice of cheating has a potential to contribute towards lowering the quality of our higher education. And this is why we commend those administrators in these public institutions for being vigilant”, She said.
Ms. Williey said the Union is also alive to the fact that Zambias education system is tailored to merely make students pass examinations but not to produce hands-on, skilled and competent graduates.
She said under such a system, students get the temptation to look for leakages in order to pass examinations and these are some of the issues ZANASU has submitted to the National Assembly of Zambia and will closely be following up on.
And Ms. Williey expressed sadness that 665 students from the University of Zambia missed examinations due to failure to pay fees.
She said the pattern is the same with many of Zambia’s public and private institutions including the Zambia Institute of Mass Communication Education Trust.
“It is sad that administrators of public-owned institutions of higher learning such as UNZA and ZAMCOM can make life difficult for poor students. The provision of higher education through public higher learning institutions was meant to ensure equity in society where students coming from poor families and marginalised students should be able to find refuge in the attainment of higher education”, Ms. Williey has said.
She has since asked Government and members of Parliament to step in and remedy the situation where students are turned away from taking examinations but instead device a suitable mechanism to deal with such situation where students fail to meet the deadlines for payment of fees.