The Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) is shooting a video which it intends to use to sensitise pupils and teachers about the dangers of cheating during examinations.
Maneb public relations officer Simeon Maganga said the 75-minute video is aimed at reaching the larger public which would not be reached during the live performances on anti-examination cheating.
He said: “Among other areas, this five-episode video tackles issues of impersonation, certificate vetting, unprofessionalism of some exam administrators and candidate’s indiscipline.
“The video’s DVD [digital versatile disc] is expected to be out this month and is not for sale. It is for free distribution where a blank DVD is provided. We will also upload the same on YouTube for easy watching and downloading.”
Maneb has embarked on a nationwide campaign to sensitise candidates on evils of malpractices during examinations and to urge them to join the fight against the problem.
The campaign, dubbed Anti-Examination Cheating Campaign, started on January 18 and is targeting selected districts in the country’s three regions.
Ever since the campaign was rolled out, Maneb has been communicating its messages using speeches, brochures and posters and through an in-house drama group to add life.
Maneb Act stipulates that being found to be and convicted of cheating during national examinations shall attract a K50 000 fine and two years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for candidates and K300 000 and 10 years IHL for non-candidates.