Police in Blantyre are keeping in custody Goodson Nankhuni, owner of Elshama private schools in Ndirande, Blantyre, on allegations that he conspired to cheat the Junior Certificate examinations; the Malawi Nation Examinations Board (Maneb) has confirmed the development to Nyasa Times.
Maneb Director of Research Gerald Chiunda told Nyasa Times that the suspect was arrested during a routine visit to the school by Maneb officials on Tuesday.
It is during the visit that some students at the school tipped the officials that Nankhuni registered over 260 external students as internal candidates in order to give them an advantage in the ongoing JC exams.
According to Chiunda, the officials instructed police officers to arrest Nankhuni who is currently being kept at Ndirande police station.
“Yes, it’s true Mr. Nankhuni was indeed arrested by the police after our visit to the school found out that he registered hundreds of external students as internal candidates,” explained Chiunda.
Added he: “This is not acceptable and in our view he did that with the idea to cheat the exams.”
Meanwhile, Ndirande police officials are tight lipped on when the suspect would be taken to court for trial.
This comes just weeks after Maneb was hailed by activists for tightening security during exams as evidenced by drop in figures of students and teachers arrested as compared to previous years.
According to statistics Nyasa Times sources, only four students were arrested this year for cheating during the just ended Primary School Leaving Certificate exams.
In a related development, Maneb says the number of students seating for JC exams has this year reduced to 127, 272 from over 132, 000 last year.