Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) has recorded three cheating cases in the on-going Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations which started on June 22 and are expected to end July 20.
According to Maneb spokesperson Simeon Maganga, the three cases include the latest which occurred last Thursday in Lilongwe at Chimwa Examination Centre where the suspect, 34-year-old Maxwell Mkwezalamba, sat the exam using a fake identity.
“Mkwezalamba had a 2016 MSCE identity card [ID] with his face bearing the name Maliseni Kafundu. When quizzed, he admitted he was in possession of a photocopied certificate no 2420/099 belonging to Kafundu which he obtained from his late brother. He said he was writing the examination to get an original certificate.
“The suspect was also found in possession of an MSCE certificate bearing his real name obtained in 2009. Both certificates were seized and the suspect appeared in court yesterday [Monday] where he pleaded guilty to charges of impersonation and uttering false document,” said Maganga in an interview yesterday.
He said the other case involves Joseph Makiyi of Balaka who registered as an external candidate but hired Charles Kumwenda to write on his behalf.
“Both appeared in court and they were convicted on their own plea of guilty. Makiyi was fined K80 000 while Kumwenda was fined K70 000. Both paid the fines,” said Maganga.
The third case was also registered in Balaka after Zamadula Macheka, a teacher at Dziwe Primary School, was found with unauthorised reference material in form of a handkerchief on which he had scribbled notes.