NATIONAL Action for Quality Education in Zambia (NAQEZ) has implored the Examinations Council of Zambia (ECZ) and the Ministry of General Education to ensure that there will be no malpractices during this year’s examinations.
NAQEZ executive director Aaron Chansa observed that Zambia had the highest number of examinations leakages in the Southern African region.
He noted that despite intensified sensitisation on the grave effects of the scourge, the vice had continued to increase especially at Grade 9 level.
“It is regrettable that currently Zambia has the highest number of examinations leakages in the region. While we have previously sensitised learners and members of the public on the grave effects of this scourge, unfortunately examination leakages have continued to increase. This must change this year,” Mr. Chansa said.
He stated that there was need for the ECZ and the ministry to put in place practical measures aimed at eradicating the scourge in this year’s examinations.
Mr. Chansa said if the issue of examinations leakages were left unchecked, academic certificates in the country would lose credibility.
“These examinations are not just annual academic events but are very important activities in the lives of learners, parents and society as a whole. They are used as major assessment tools.
“We passionately call upon the Examinations Council of Zambia and the Ministry of General Education to put in place practical measures aimed at eradicating this retrogressive phenomenon. If examination leakages continue, academic certificates will totally lose credibility; and this would be dangerous for Zambia,” he said.
Mr. Chansa urged leaners writing examinations this year to study and not rely on leakages.
“We want to strongly encourage all learners writing examinations to just study hard, that’s the best leakage one can ever get. There is also need for all our teachers to put in their best in preparing the pupils for exams,” he said.