2016 PSLCE Exam Malpractices: Seven Teachers, School Leaver Arrested

A total of eight people were arrested during the three-day administration of the 2016 Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examination which ran from 11th to 13th May.

The eight include five primary school head teachers (of which four were working as examination administration supervisors), two primary school teachers (of which one was working as an invigilator) and a school leaver.

11th May, 2016

Police in Mpemba, Blantyre, arrested Faith Lawrence, 17, on allegations that he was writing the examination on behalf of a candidate. Investigations revealed that Lawrence had already completed his secondary school education and his act was part of an impersonation scheme allegedly orchestrated the head teacher of Chipwepwete Primary School, Noel Lunguja.

Maganga: MANEB is grateful

Maganga: MANEB is grateful

The police also arrested Lunguja in relation to Lawrence’s case as their alleged action was contrary to MANEB Regulations Section 29(18) as read together with Section 14(8) of MANEB (Amendment) Act, 2003. The three will be taken to court soon for prosecution.

Police in Lilongwe Rural East (Bunda area) arrested a supervisor at Mkazomba Cluster Center, Chiyeso Jifa, on allegation that he went to collect examination papers without police escort and lost an envelope containing unwritten English examination papers in the process. This was contrary to MANEB (Amendment) Act, 2003, Section 14 subsection 3(a) and (b) which calls for due care of examination materials and taking reasonable steps to ensure security of national examinations.

Jifa’s case came before the Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate Court on Friday, 13th May, 2016 where pleaded not guilty. The matter was adjourned to 19th May. He has since been released on court bail.

In the same Lilongwe Rural East (Bunda area), the police arrested an invigilator at Thawale Cluster Center, Elise Dumbo-Zimba, 42, on allegations that she revealed answers to candidates through dictation during an English paper. When interviewed separately by MANEB officials, both the candidates and the invigilator confessed to have committed the alleged crime. This was contrary to MANEB (Amendment) Act, 2003, Section 14(2b) which prohibits revealing of answers to examination questions orally or otherwise.

When taken to Lilongwe Magistrate Court on Friday, 13th May, 2016, she denied the charge and the state paraded two state witnesses who testified against her. The matter was adjourned to 25th May, 2016, when the state will further parade a third witness. She has since been released on court bail.

Further, the police also arrested Thawale Cluster Centre supervisor Winston Nankumba, 47, for allegedly allowing the invigilator to commit the crime under his watch. This was contrary to MANEB (Amendment) Act, 2003, Section 14(3b) which prohibits negligence.

He appeared before the Lilongwe Magistrate Court on Friday, 13th May, 2016, but denied the charge. The state paraded two state witnesses who testified against him. The matter was adjourned to 25th May, 2016, when the state will further parade a third witness. He has since been released on court bail.

12th May, 2016:

Police in Chikwawa arrested Moses Derema— a teacher at Kagolo Primary School, Moses Derema but working as an invigilator— for allegedly assisting his son and the son’s friend during the Chichewa paper. This was contrary to MANEB (Amendment) Act, 2003, Section 14(2b) which prohibits revealing of answers to examination questions orally or otherwise.

He is in the hand of the police and will be taken to court soon for prosecution.

Police in Ntcheu arrested the head teacher of Kandoma Primary  School, Frackson Mpinganjira, 37, and a teacher at the same school, George Emiliyo, 36, for alleged examination misconduct. Their actions were contrary to MANEB (Amendment) Act, 2003, Section 14 subsection 3(a) and (b) which calls for taking due care of examination materials and taking reasonable steps to ensure security of national examinations.

“Should all these get convicted, MANEB Act puts the maximum sentence at 10 years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) and a fine of K300,000. MANEB will fight tooth and nail to ensure that these cases are concluded as soon as possible and will further advocate for stiffer disciplinary measures on convicted teachers to deter would be offenders,” said MANEB Public Relations Officer Simeon Maganga.

Maganga said MANEB was grateful for the excellent job that invigilators in Chikwawa did by discovering the malpractice and the police for effecting the arrest on the spot.

“MANEB would further wish to thank the general public for all the tip-offs received during the examination administration period through our official Facebook or e-mail addresses as well our toll free line 1991 from TNM phone lines,” he said.

He further revealed that  the administration of this examination ended well since there was no leakage of examination papers; MANEB delivered examination materials on time; MANEB delivered candidates identity cards on time; MANEB paid allowances to examination administrators in full and on time; and MANEB received huge support from all stakeholders.

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