Examination papers for sale in Malawi: Teachers arrested

As the controversies over the examination leakage lingers on in Malawi four secondary school teachers in the country’s capital, Lilongwe have been arrested after they were caught selling some of the leaked Malawi
Schools Certificate of Education (MSCE) examination papers on an open market at K2,000 (almost US$6.00).

Police have since confirmed the arrests.

The four teachers were arrested after police and Malawi National Examination Board (Maneb) officials approached one of them to buy the papers.

Lilongwe Police Station spokesperson Ramsay Mushani confirmed the arrests and said the first teacher to be arrested who was identified as Malingaliro Ali from Chipasula Secondary School was found with English Papers One and Two.

Hauya: Exams leakage shame
Hauya: Exams leakage shame

“The arrest of Ali led to the arrest of three other teachers, one from the same school and two others from Bwaila secondary school. During interviews Itai said to have sourced English paper Three from a fellow teacher they were invigilating together at Lilongwe Girls Secondary School,” said Mushani.

The other three arrested teachers according to Mushani are Benson Chavula and James Kamba both from Bwaila Secondary School, and Yotamu Banda also from Chipasula Secondary School.

“Upon their arrest Chavula and Banda mentioned James Kamba a teacher at Bwaila Secondary School as the one who provided them with the materials they also supplied to Ali,” added Mushani.

However, the police spokesperson said that Kamba, who was arrested in Zomba where he had travelled to mark this year’s Junior Certificate Examinations, has not yet revealed to the police the source of the materials.

Mushani explained that during Kamba’s arrest and upon inspecting his mobile phone, police discovered that the suspect had received a texted mail from a TNM number with Geography Paper 2 questions which were
similar to this year’s MANEB Geography Paper 2 which was to be administered the same day he was arrested.

He also said that police are likely to make more arrests as investigations were still underway.

Ali, 33, hails from Fosa village, Traditional Authority Kachere in Dedza district, Kamba, 26 comes from Malota village, Traditional Authority Chikumbu, Mulanje while Chavula, 36 is from Luwinga village, Traditional Authority Chikulamayembe Rumphi and Banda, 27 is from Izekiyelo Mwanza village, Traditional Authority Mbelwa in Mzimba

Since the MSCE examinations started on June 26 there have been fears of a massive leak which followed the arrest of eight students from Blantyre, Lilongwe and Nkhotakota.

The students were mostly being found with already prepared answers which upon inspection marched the Maneb examination papers they were sitting for.

Since then there have been several arrests of students despite a blame game between the Malawi Police and Maneb as to who is responsible for the leakage.

Maneb executive director Roy Hauya admitted  receiving reports that examination papers have been leaked and are on sale. But he said the board would launch an investigations.

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