The Zambia National Education Coalition (ZANEC) has noted that learners (pupils) will be writing examinations for grade twelve, nine (9) and seven (7) starting on 27th of September, 2018 for grade 12. It is important that the people responsible for distributing examination papers take responsibility and not leak the papers.
It is wrong to use leakages in exams. We appeal to the parents who are in the habit of buying leakages for their children to stop as they are inculcating bad morals in their children of cheating, stealing and not having integrity. Exam malpractice is a negative orientation for future leaders, who may end up being corrupt in their positions of authority. Exam leakages encourage the young to engage in illicit actions, including engaging in prostitution in order to access the leakages. As such, there is a lot to worry about regarding the morality of these future adults.
We appeal to the law enforcement institutions to give stiff punishment to those involved in exam mal practices at all levels. Additionally, we call upon the Teaching Council of Zambia (TCZ) to revoke the Teaching Licenses from teachers who will be found involved in leaking the examination papers.
As a Coalition, we are of the view that examination mal practices are supposed to be a concern of everyone who is progressive. This is because the mal practices bring about illiterate and incomplete learners who later work in our industries and do substandard works which affect the economic development of the country.
We encourage the learners to prepare adequately for the exams by studying every day and reduce on spending time on social media and watching television which do not add value to their lives. ZANEC also takes the opportunity to remind the parents, guardians, learners, teachers and relevant authorities that it is an offence and a crime in Zambia to be involved in examination malpractice. The vice undermines the credibility of the education system.
It is important for the government and relevant stakeholders to give special consideration to exam setters, invigilators and supervisors. These should be well remunerated and in good time so that they do not think of taking bribes to add to their salaries.
We also take the opportunity to wish all those writing a success in 2018 examinations.
Ivy Mutwale (Miss)