Cops nab PF councillor over exam leakages

A 40-year-old Luanshya Patriotic Front councillor for Mpatamatu Ward 22 has pleaded not guilty to unlawful possession of examination papers.

Before Luanshya Magistrate Anastasia Lungu was Amon Masala of House Number 533 Section 24, Mpatamatu Township in Luanshya who is charged with unlawful possession of examination paper.

Particulars of the charges are that Masala was found photocopying leaked Grade 12 examination papers at Mpatamatu Market with intent to sell them to examination candidates.

Masala was arrested on Sunday at around 15:00 hours.

The court heard that the accused was allegedly found in possession of leaked original Grade 12 examination papers for Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics.

The matter has since been adjourned to October 30,, 2013 for continued trial.

Meanwhile, Luanshya district education board secretary Rogers Chisenga says the number of leaked Grade 12 examination papers in the district had not yet been ascertained.

Chisenga said there had been no arrests of pupils and teachers over examination malpractices.

He said that his office in collaboration with the Zambia Police had intensified security measures in the handling of examination papers and invigilation of examinations.

He said vigilance had been intensified in the General Certificate of Education (GCE) examination centers which comprise candidates rewriting their Grade 12 examination as they are the most desperate and fell prey to examination malpractices.

He further refuted media reports alleging that three teachers of Mpatamatu High School were arrested last week in connection with examination malpractices.

Chisenga said his office had not received any reports relating to teachers or pupils engaging in examination fraud.

He has since reiterated his call to pupils, teachers, parents and stakeholders to cooperate with the Ministry of Education and the police in fighting examination frauds countrywide.