Five people, including invigilators and supervisors in the ongoing Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examinations, have been arrested for allegedly misconduct while administering the exams.
Speaking in an interview, Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) spokesperson Simeon Maganga said the five were arrested yesterday in Lilongwe and Blantyre.
According to Maganga, a supervisor at Mkazomba Cluster Center in Lilongwe East, Chiyeso Jifa, has been arrested for allegedly collecting examination papers without police escort and in the process losing an envelope containing English examination papers.
Another suspect, an invigilator at Thawale Cluster Centre in the Capital City, Elise Zimba-Gumbo, was arrested for allegedly dictating answers during an English paper.
Added Maganga: “A supervisor at the centre Weston Nankumba was also arrested along with the invigilator as investigations revealed that he was present when the invigilator was dictating answers to the candidates.”
In Mpemba—Blantyre, Faith Lawrence has been arrested for allegedly writing examinations on behalf of a candidate.
Maganga said Lawrence who already completed his secondary school education connived with the headteacher for Chipwepwete primary school in the district, Noel Lunguja, who allowed him into the examination room.
“Both were arrested as their action was contrary to Maneb Regulations Section 29(18) as read together with Section 14(8) of Maneb Act,” explained Maganga.
According to Maganga, if found guilty, the maximum sentence for all the five suspects is 10 years imprisonment with hard labour and K300,000 fine.