Malawi MSCE exmas candidate nabbed for forging an ID card MSCE

 Mzuzu Police have arrested a St Peters Private Secondary School student, who was sitting for Malawi School Certificate Education (MSCE) exams, for allegedly forging a friends’ Malawi National Examination Board (MANEB) candidate identification (ID) card.

Mzuzu Police spokesperson Maurice Chapola said Benson Gondwe, 20, is suspected to have erased an ID number on the friend’s card and wrote his ID number instead, because his 16-year-old friend (name withheld) is “intelligent” and that he could make it to college.

“In a well calculated move, Gondwe asked to have a look at his classmate’s identification card;  he then took the card to some unknown place where he erased the original number on the card and put his number instead,” Chapola said.

The victim unknowingly endorsed the forged candidate number during the first two days of the MSCE exams on his answer sheets while the suspect wrote the friend’s candidate number in a move to steal his scores.

However, the truth came out when the suspect reportedly failed to sit for Physical Science because he did not register for it. This gave room to the supervisor to establish that the victim was using a wrong ID as it indicated that the number was absent on the candidates’
register.

Chapola said the suspect was called in and he confessed that he tampered with his friend’s candidate ID in order to claim marks for his friend.

Consequently, Gondwe from the area of Traditional Authority Mtwalo has been charged with forgery contrary to section 335 of the Penal Code which attracts a maximum sentence of three years IHL. He is expected to appear in court soon.

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