Govt cracks down on G12 exam rioters



THE Ministry of General Education has warned that it will not take kindly to Grade 12 pupils who are in the habit of rioting after writing exams because they failed to find leakages and has instructed the police to deal with the perpetrators of riots across the country.

Permanent secretary Chishimba Nkosha said it was unfortunate that some pupils especially on the Copperbelt had taken the law in their own hands by engaging into riotous activities after failing to find leaked exam papers and warned that those found wanting would be dealt with accordingly regardless of whether they still had other papers to write.

Making a reference to three secondary schools on the Copperbelt whose pupils ran amok after writing their mathematics paper on Wednesday, claiming the paper was too hard for them to comprehend, Mr. Nkole said the ministry would not allow pupils to vent their anger on innocent people through riots.

He wondered how pupils could sink so low as to protest the paper that everyone else was writing when not long ago, Zambian candidates were writing Cambridge school exams but never complained that the papers were too hard.

“On Wednesday 7th October 2015, Grade 12 candidates were writing their mathematics exams and pupils from Mukuba and Mindolo secondary schools as well as Chibote Girls Secondary School ran amok and destroyed property, claiming the paper was too difficult.

“The ministry will not take kindly to pupils who want to vent their anger on innocent citizens and we want to appeal to the police to arrest any pupil rioting. Most of these schools on the Copperbelt are day schools which means that these pupils are coming from their parents’ homes.

‘’These parents should advise their children against engaging in such vices,” Mr. Nkosha said.

He noted that leakages had destroyed the education system in the country, adding that Government will do all it could to ensure that all the loopholes that allowed  leakages before candidates sat for exams were sealed.

Meanwhile, Mr. Nkosha has urged parents who will be enrolling their children in Grade 1 not to pay any money to any school because the Government’s free education policy had not ceased.

He said that at no time should any parent be compelled to pay anything to the school, adding that any school that would force parents to pay should be reported to relevant authorities.

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