Four more arrested, two girls given bail: Malawi MSCE exams leakage

Barely days after arresting two Soche Hill Secondary School female students, Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb), jointly with police, have arrested four more students for being found in possession of leaked Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examination papers in connection to the leakage.

The four are from St. Kizito Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) and are said to be part of the syndicate circulating the leaked examinations.

Southern Region police spokesperson, Nicholas Gondwa said the four currently still under custody were arrested in a joint effort led by Maneb team headed by its Director of Security, Robert Harawa and the police.

“There are indications that they might have been circulating some of the said leaked examination papers, but we are yet to establish. Investigations are still under way to establish the source of the leaked examinations,”said Gondwa.

Gondwa: More arrests
Gondwa: More arrests

Meanwhile, two Soche Hill Secondary School female students, who were arrested on Friday, have been released on bail after being charged with gaining access to examination materials without authority which is contrary to Section 14 (sub-sec 2A) of the Maneb Act, Chapter 3004.

The two who were found in possession of Mathematic paper II with already prepared answers, are Doreen Mkandawire 21 years old from Bolero village, T/A Chikulamayembe in Rumphi and Lexar Muchiwa 21 from Namijingo village, T/A Chikumbu, Mulanje.

Gondwa said the two have been let out on police bail and will be allowed to continue with their examinations and will appear in court after the examinations.

Over the last week, the police and Maneb have managed to arrest 14 students in total in Blantyre and Lilongwe relating to the leaked MSCE examinations.

However, Harawa has downplayed the arrests as a clear sign that this year’s examinations have been massively hit by leakage but said the institution’s officials have been deployed country wide to monitoring the situation.

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