A 28-year-old primary school teacher sitting for the ongoing Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations has been arrested in Balaka for cheating during exams.
The teacher identified as Macheka Zamadula was allegedly found using a referral material in the examination room at Dziwe Community Day secondary school Examination Centre.
Zamadula who works at Dziwe Full Primary school, registered as an open distance learning candidate to upgrade his MSCE grades.
Speaking in an interview, Balaka Deputy spokesperson Gerald Sumaili, said the suspect was arrested during an English Literature Paper 4 exam.
“He managed to enter into the examination room with a handkerchief on which he wrote notes that he was referring to when answering questions. He was caught red-handed by the Malawi National Examination Board (Maneb) Security officer,” explained Sumaili.
Zamadula hails from Mkango Village in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Tengani in Nsanje.
According to Sumaili, his arrest comes a few days after two others namely Charles Kumwenda and Joseph Makiyi were arrestfored and fined K80, 000 ($111) and K70, 000 ($97) respectively at Balaka Magistrate’s Court for the same offence of examination cheating.
Meanwhile Police in the district is reminding all candidates sitting for exams, Invigilators and Supervisors to observe and follow all examination rules and regulations.