No malpractice, Copperbelt examiners told

THE Basic Education Union of Zambia (BETUZ) on the Copperbelt has cautioned its members to refrain from any form of examination malpractice in the forthcoming examinations.
Provincial secretary Christopher Simukonda, in a statement yesterday, said the union will not stand by any member who will be involved in examination malpractice.
“Teachers as agents of change play a very important role in national development, and, therefore, should not involve themselves in vices such as examination malpractice, which may tarnish the image of the teaching profession and erode the confidence that people may have in the education system,” Mr Simukonda said.
He also appealed to parents to encourage their children to study hard so that they do not find themselves in conflict with the law.
Mr Simukonda further cautioned girls not to fall prey to men who may demand sex in exchange for examination leakages, and pointed out that the girl child is vulnerable during this period.
He said many girls fall pregnant and drop out of school as a result of increased illicit sexual advances from men.
“As a union tasked with the responsibility of making positive contribution to the development of the education sector, we remain committed to ensuring that a malpractice-free examination is conducted through sensitisation of our members,” he said.
Examinations begin tomorrow for grade 12s; next Friday for grade nines and the following Monday for grade sevens.

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