Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) has embarked on a nationwide campaign to sensitise schools and candidates to evils of examination malpractices and urging them to join the fight against the vice.
The campaign, dubbed Anti-Examination Cheating Campaign, started on January 18 this year and is targeting selected districts in the country’s three regions.
Maneb public relations officer Simeon Maganga said Maneb is communicating its messages using an in-house drama group to add life.
He said: “We have packaged our messages not only in speeches, brochures and posters but also in drama, music and poetry as we believe that edutainment leaves lasting impressions on the audience.”
Maganga said apart from speaking against examination malpractices, Maneb is also sternly warning candidates against any form of indiscipline during and after national examination.
According to Maneb Act, punishment for being found and convicted of cheating during national examinations is a K50 000 (about $72) fine and two years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for candidates; and K300 000 (about $430) and 10 years IHL for non-candidates.
Maneb is a parastatal established by an Act of Parliament in 1987 to administer national examinations for purposes of certification, selection and placement. n