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ECZ steps up fight against exam cheats

NKOMBO KACHEMBA, Ndola
THE Examinations Council of Zambia (ECZ) has enhanced security features on school certificates to curb forgery of the

documents.
ECZ has also devised systems to curb examination malpractices.
ECZ principal examination officer Albert Siamunako said in an interview at the on-going Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF) that the council has improved the security features on the school certificates that are not visible to the naked eye.
“Over the years, we have been improving the security features on the certificates to ensure that members of the public do not forge the documents. When you look at the certificate, you might think some of the features are just decorations but they actually contain information,” Mr Siamunako said.
He said the ECZ usually certifies documents from various learning institutions and for employers who want to verify candidates’ credentials.
Mr Siamunako said some of the certificates the council receives are forged, hence the need to improve security features of certificates.
He added that ECZ has put in place mechanisms to ensure that key players in the administration of examinations adhere to guidelines.
Mr Siamunako said ECZ has also introduced belt marking, which entails different markers mark respective questions on each answer sheet.
Mr Siamunako also said the council is conducting sensitisation programmes on community radio stations on the dangers of examination malpractices.
Meanwhile, MIKE MUGALA reports in Lusaka that the Teaching Council of Zambia (TCZ) has said the decision by the Technical Educational Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (TEVETA) to deregister 32 higher institutions of learning will bring sanity in the operations of tertiary institutions across the country.
TCZ has said the decision to deregister the 32 institutions is not meant to punish them but to improve the provision of quality education and skill acquisition.
Speaking in an interview with the Sunday Mail on Thursday, TCZ registrar Ebby Mubanga said deregistration of the institutions will set a precedent in the provision of quality learning.
He said the decision by TEVETA is a step in the right direction and that it deserves commendation.
Dr Mubanga said TCZ, TEVETA and the Higher Education Authority have the mandate to address the standards of teaching at higher institutions across the country.

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