You’ll be fired, Siliya warns teachers

By Times Reporter

EDUCATION Minister Dora Siliya

EDUCATION Minister Dora Siliya has warned of instant dismissal against teachers that will be involved in examination malpractices.

In a ministerial statement on the 2010 examinations, Ms Siliya also warned that pupils engaged in malpractices would equally be expelled.

“I wish to state that those teachers involved in examination malpractices will be dismissed immediately while pupils will be expelled. To ensure that no pupil goes in an examination room with any unauthorised material, invigilators will conduct a thorough inspection of each pupil before entering the examination room,” Ms Siliya said.

Ms Siliya also cautioned members of the public against involving themselves in examination malpractices as well as transacting in fake question papers.

She said the public should be engaged in stamping out examination malpractices as such had negatively impacted on the integrity of the examinations.

As a measure of reducing examination malpractices, she said the ministry has instituted security committees, intensified monitoring of examinations and constructed strong rooms in each school for storage of examination papers among other measures.

This year, she said 343,333 candidates entered for the Grade seven examinations while 281,033 and 144,282 entered for the grades 9 and 12 examinations respectively.

“We are saddened by the information of examination malpractices that took place at Chitokoloki High School in North-Western Province, Nanga High School in Southern Province and Chifubu High School in Ndola,” Ms Siliya said.

She pointed out that at Chitokoloki High School the strong room where the papers were stored was broken into and that so far seven pupils and a watchman had been arrested in connection with the break in.

At Nanga High School, examination papers were tempered with while at Chifubu invigilators erroneously gave Grade 12 candidates science paper II instead of paper I.

And Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Mutale Nalumango cautioned members against issuing statements that would incite the public to rise.

She said it was particularly important that members debated in a sober manner considering that the country was preparing to go to the polls next year.

Ms Nalumango said this when Monze Member of Parliament Jack Mwiimbu (UPND) accused Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) of giving space to individuals that attacked a particular grouping or individual.

Mr Mwiimbu said the Catholic Church had for instance been attacked by some individual on ZNBC even in instances where the church had not been given space to defend itself.

The Monze parliamentarian said this when he contributed to the debate on budgetary allocation for the Zambia Police Service for 2011.

Finance and National Planning minister Situmbeko Musokotwane presented the Customs Excise Act, Value Added Tax Act, the Income Tax Act, the Road Traffic Act and the Property Transfer Act all meant to amend the respective legislation so as to be in line with the budgetary provision for the 2011 national Budget.

Health Minister Kapembwa Simbao told the House that it was not true that there was a shortage of tuberculosis (TB) drugs and ARVs.

He said the drugs for TB and HIV patients were given in health institutions on request for fear that if they were supplied in larger quantities, they might end up expiring.

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