Luanshya District Commissioner Harold Mbulu says government is concerned with the repeated incidences of examination malpractices as they reflect negatively on the country’s teaching standards.
Mr. Mbaulu said government and the district in particular will not tolerate any form of malpractice in this year’s grade seven, nine and twelve examinations as it misinterprets the quality of education being offered.
Speaking during the Ministry of Education district sensitization against examination malpractices under the theme “Zambia at 50 Zero Tolerance to Examination Malpractices”, the DC warned of stiff punishment to would be offenders if caught engaging in any form of examination malpractices.
Teachers and pupils drawn from all schools and other stakeholders led by Mr Mbulu matched from the second class trading area to the civic centre grounds carrying placards displaying messages against engaging in examination malpractice.
Mr. Mbaulu urged teachers and pupils to set standards that would match both the local and international community expectations.
And Acting Luanshya District Education Board Secretary Festone Mtonga hoped that the district completely eradicates examination malpractice as opposed to six cases recorded last year.
Mr. Mtonga expressed confidence that last year’s record was a small number that with such resolve as sensitization among other security measures would be eliminated and attain zero.
He said all was set and the district was holding final examinations which commenced yesterday on 2nd October 2014.
And representing the four teachers unions (ZNUT, BETUZ, SESTUZ and PROTUZ) in Luanshya, Evaristo Katongo said examination leakages destroy the reputation of the standard of education in the country as examinations were key in the education evolution of any country.
Mr. Katongo said teachers were special stakeholders in the fight against examination leakages and should therefore resist the temptation and shun any offers extended to them.