Stolen exam papers shock NGO


By Nation Reporter

THE National Action for Quality Education in Zambia (NAQEZ) has expressed concern at the missing Grade 9 examination papers.

NAQEZ executive director Aaron Chansa said the unfortunate development was likely to promote malpractices in the forthcoming examinations.

Police on the Copperbelt disclosed that some Grade 9 examination question papers that were destined for Solwezi went missing last Sunday.

Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga said the incident happened in the night when criminals broke into the containerised truck that was ferrying the papers to Solwezi while in motion at Mushishima area in Chingola.

In an interview with the Daily Nation, Mr. Chansa blamed the Ministry of General Education and the Examination Council of Zambia (ECZ) for the incident.

He accused the two institutions of being irresponsible and wondered why such sensitive cargo was being transported at night and without police escort.

“We are extremely concerned about this development because it is a recipe for leakages and we are told that this is one of the ways that we have these leakages coming out and we wonder as an education organisation why these very important materials were transported at night and without police escort,” Mr. Chansa said.

He charged that the incident was a wake-up call for the ECZ and the ministry to ensure that security measures were put in place when transporting examination materials to avoid such occurrences in the future.

“We want to caution the ECZ and the Ministry of General Education to be very careful next time when transporting the papers. This is a good lesson and they should ensure that there is security and the papers are transported during daytime.

“Once these papers go missing, then it means they will be leaked to the learners and this is what we are trying to prevent.  If examination leakages continue, academic certificates in the country will totally lose credibility, and this would be dangerous for Zambia,” he said. Meanwhile, Ministry of General Education permanent secretary Henry Tukombe said the ministry was still investigating the matter with relevant authorities on the Copperbelt.

Mr Tukombe said the ministry was not yet aware of the information pertaining to the missing examination papers.

He urged the general public to remain calm while the relevant authority looks into the matter.