It’s irresponsible for teachers to be involved in examinations malpractice, Basic Teachers Union of Zambia secretary general Geoffrey Simuntala has said.
Simuntala said BETUZ would not defend any teacher found in illegal activities such as examination leakages.
He said illegal activities such as exam malpractices had the potential to erode confidence in the country’s education system.
“We shall not defend any teacher found in examination leakages, and we are very clear about it as a union because such acts erode the education standards in the country,” Simuntala said.
He explained that it was unfortunate that teachers who were expected to be professionals were getting caught up in the illegalities.
He charged that the union had always warned against teachers’ involvement in any form of illegal activities.
“We have awareness programmes at all levels of leadership in the union to help our members be alert of the illegal activities to be avoidable in the education system,” he said.
He said the union was concerned with the high number of teacher involvement in exam malpractices including five teachers in Kitwe on the Copperbelt, and another in Muchinga Province.
He said the union was aware of several other reports of examination leakages from around Lusaka as well and has called on the Police to investigate thoroughly and help remove unprofessional elements from the education system.
And Zambia Police public relations officer Rae Hamoonga announced that some teachers among them trainee personnel have been arrested and charged with possession of examinations papers contrary to Section 9 of the Examination Council of Zambia (ECZ) Act of number 15 of 1988.
Hamoonga named Goshom Chileshe Mulandwa 21, a teacher of Mporokoso, Chilubu Island was arrested together with trainees Sampa Mutale 29, Andrew Mulanda 27 and Muleka John 27, all of Northern Teachers Training College who were arrested after a tip off from the members of the public last week.
He said after a search, police discovered the four were found with 2013 Mathematics paper I which had answers, as well as Biology practical examination papers complete with answers as well.
He said the four were due to appear in Court for the illegal possession of examination papers.
And in Siavonga, over 15 pupils at Siavonga Secondary School were yesterday found with science examination papers in the exam room.
This happens barely few days after some pupils were arrested in Monze and Luanshya for examination malpractices.
According to sources close to the pupils, 5 boys and 10 girls were caught after they successfully smuggled Science Paper 1 into the examination room at the only government secondary school in the district.
The sources said the incident has since been reported to the police who are currently
carrying out investigations into the matter, however by press time this reporter was unable to get comment from the police public relations office in Lusaka.
But when reached for a comment, Siavonga District education board secretary (DEBS) Macleana Hamoonga could not confirm the matter but referred all questions to Southern Province education officer who was reported to be in the district.
Hamoonga however could not speak about the matter referred all the queries to the provincial office.
Over five teachers and more some pupils were arrested on the Copperbelt with more reports in Lusaka and around the country, which reports have raised concern of the growing high number of teachers being involved in examination malpractices eroding professionalism of the education sector.
Another five teachers and some pupils were arrested on the Copperbelt with more in Lusaka and around the country, which reports have raised concern of the growing high number of teachers being involved in examination malpractices eroding professionalism of the education sector.