Parliamentary committee summons suspended Maneb officers: MSCE exam leakage attributed to security lapses

The 2020 Malawi Schools Certificate of Education (MSCE) examination leaked due to security lapses as only six Malawi Police officers were engaged instead of the required 20, the Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB) has said.

Professor Al Mtenje,

The Board on Tuesday conceded that there was weak security checks at MANEB offices, indicating that there were no physical checks.

This was disclosed when the Board  led by its chairperson Alfred Mtenje appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Education.

The Committee summoned MANEB officials to understand the reasons behind the leakage of the 2020 MSCE examination papers and possible short term and long-term measures put in place to address the examination leakage.

The Parliamentary Committee also wanted to appreciate stages of examination processes from formulation to marking and announcement of results

MANEB also took time to brief the Committee on the state of preparedness regarding the re-sitting of the 2020 MSCE examination, which started on Tuesday, January 5.

Mtenje claimed that suspended MANEB chief executive director, Gerald Chiunda directed that there should be only six police officers instead of 20 which was the required number.

He said this was one of the factors that led to the massive leakage of examination papers as there was laxity in security, resulting in the cancellation of the examination.

Mtenje also admitted that CCTV cameras at Maneb were not working properly and could not capture movements and happenings at the MANEB as such the Board could not trace the culprits.

He told the Committee that those behind the leakage of the 2020 MSCE examination knew that CCTV cameras could not capture them and access to the storeroom was given to more than one person.

Mtenje  also disclosed that officers believed to have a hand in the leakage of the question papers have been summoned for disciplinary hearing on 26 January.

However, the Committee queried why the suspended officers were not part of the meeting.

According to them, the suspended Officers, including  Chiunda were better placed to explain what led to the leakage of the examination.

Members of the Committee have since demanded the suspended Officers to appear before them on Wednesday, January 6 2021.

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Zio ine
Zio ine
1 year ago

Chiunda was mistreated and Ntenje was acting on instruction from the president and that defeats natural justice. I said it before that Chakweara will be the worst dictator.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
1 year ago

CCTVs not checked prior commencing of the exam.
Just like AIRCARGO manipulating their CCTV and staff steal stuff sent from abroad and they tel customers that they know nothing when infact the customer notices some doggy activities on their boxes.
nchito zolembana pacibale.
milandu siiola.
moti samadziwa yet that is a more reliable source of information that CCTV can catch.

Let him be revamped . stupid bastard

William Chirwa
1 year ago

Do we really learn from other peoples mistake? MEC during the elections case chose to send one Alufandika as if he was MEC chair he was rebuffed big time. Today a while professor wants to play CEO Chiunda my foot where you running the show or it’s your hearsay. That’s why there khave sent you back nonsense is nonsense even when apoken by a professor

1 year ago

It is not possible not to leak examinations if people have no consciousness in their heads. Even if you can deploy the whole army and put a thousand cameras at MANEB, examinations can still leak if handlers and item setters have no consciousnesses because Examinations are handled by so many people. So please don’t victimise Chiunda et al. for the offences which they did not commit. Blame it on moral decadence.

1 year ago

January wavuta kenako mitana alonda ndithu

Kambewa Ngozo
1 year ago

The ploblem of employees who are not trusted.
People can send information via different methods or media. There some people at all government departments who are behind the sabotage of Tonse government.

John chidongo
1 year ago

Just closes the whole nonsense maneb. Print them in Uk as during Dr Kamuzu Banda. They must be writing cambridge now up to form 6. They must go all of them. We don’t need Maneb now. We don’t want to be producing disfunction citizens. Osathyakuka. A choke tikuti. Mavoti mumaprintitsa bwanji kunja. Anzanthu analeka kale kale za ma O levels zotsalirira. Kutaya nthawi kuti mizikambirana zopanda mutu.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
1 year ago
Reply to  John chidongo

koma ndipo in!! maeso olemba ndi pensulo kapena chekeni.mxiiii

Ernest Nyirenda
Ernest Nyirenda
1 year ago

Tiuzeni za ulendo uno

Akutitu anapezekanso pa msika

Kodi ndi zoona?

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