Editor's Comment

Exam malpractices lower educational standards

IT IS examination time and stories of malpractices have once again come to the fore.
General Certificate Education (GCE) examinations are taking place for those who are re-writing to catch up in the subjects they have previously failed.
Last week, a teacher and some pupils were found with examination papers in Matero and they were arrested for the malpractice.
In the latest incident, a 22-year-old woman of Ndola was caught writing examinations on behalf of her cousin in the current GCE examinations.
According to the police, the suspect, Letisha Chikwekwe, was found with a tampered national registration card of her cousin, Anne Chikwekwe, 30.
She is alleged to have impersonated her cousin, whom she had been writing examinations for. At the time she was found out, she had already written mathematics and biology for her cousin.
She was found by experts, who went to Olympia Secondary School to inspect NRCs for students who were writing science paper 2, with an NRC whose original photo had been removed and replaced with that of the suspect.
Examination malpractices have become the trend during examination time and it is disappointing that despite the efforts Government is making towards curbing them, they still resurface in one form or another.
Examinations are meant for the good of any individual because they show the substance that a student is made up of and they are also proof that one is ready for the next stage or not.
Zambia, like any other nation, is always seeking a cadre of human resource and the process to set aside those who would be entrusted with responsibility in the future is basically embedded in the educational system and, specifically, through examinations.
For those who cheat their way, it means they are not baked for future responsibility and these are some of those that contribute to inertiall when they are given jobs.
It still remains a cause of concern that examination malpractices have continued to show up during examination time because of the consequences this has on the quality of our education.
Every country wants to offer the best quality of education and, going by Zambian standards, the level of our education still remains high.
This can be seen from how some of those who have graduated from our institutions of learning, including university graduates, have fared well abroad where they have been employed.
For those who have opted to continue with their education either locally or abroad, they have also shown that the quality of our education is not of any mean standard.
Therefore, the malpractices that mar examinations take away from the high educational standard that prevails in our country.
And examination malpractices also take away from the integrity of the individual.
Government is kind enough to allow students to sit for examinations as many times as they can so that they improve their grades, and also cheating should be frowned upon.
Those who cheat in examinations are lazy and they do not use their time wisely and the reality dawns only a few days before they write that they have to pass by all means.
It is such characters that the law will visit, as in this case, where experts from the Examinations Council of Zambia inspected NRCs of examination candidates.
We urge the police and all law enforcement officers to keep looking out for bad students who are tarnishing Zambia’s positive educational record and bring them to book.

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