SOME Grade 9 examination question papers that were destined for Solwezi have gone missing.
In an interview with the Daily Nation yesterday, Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga confirmed the unfortunate development.
Ms. Katanga said the incident happened in the early hours of Sunday, when criminals broke into the containerised truck that was ferrying the papers for the November 2016 Grade 9 examination to Solwezi while in motion at Mushishima area in Chingola.
“The thieves stole examination papers from the truck at Mushishima area in Chingola. They opened the containerised truck whilst it was in motion en route to Solwezi where the Examination Council of Zambia (ECZ) was delivering the exam materials. Passers-by picked one carton box which was sealed, while five packs were opened,” Ms. Katanga said.
She said investigations into the matter had since been instituted.
Meanwhile, the Zambia National Teachers Union (ZNUT) has cautioned teachers and pupils against engaging in examination malpractices in the fourth coming examinations.
ZNUT public relations officer Joe Kasaka told the Daily Nation that cheating in an examination should be avoided completely in order to protect the good image of the county.
Mr. Kasaka warned teachers to desist from any form of examination malpractices so that pupils obtain genuine school results that would reflect their academic capabilities and help them chose professions that they could successfully pursue in life.
“This will help improve the education standards in the country and subsequently the pupils’ contribution to national development when they leave school. I urge respective teachers to be responsible and ensure no such cases arise in schools. They should ensure that they play their role and encourage weak students to work hard.” Mr. Kasaka said.He also urged candidates in this year’s examinations to prepare adequately for their final examination rather than wait to contravene examination rules as that might destroy their future.Mr. Kasaka stated that cheating during examination time was a serious crime that both teachers and students should avoid.“Pupils must study and be prepared enough for the exams and those who will be caught engaging in any malpractice in the forthcoming examinations will face stiff penalties and they will have to face the law. Instead, let pupils rely on the knowledge imparted to them in the years they have been in school,” he said.Mr. Kasaka noted that once pupils prepared well and presented what they had been studying, they definitely excelled contrary to when they got involved in cheating.