Govt cancels G12, lower grade exams
By Staff Reporter
The Ministry of General Education has indefinitely cancelled this year’s Grade 7, 9 and 12 examinations due to malpractices.
Minister of General Education David Mabumba confirmed the development at a media briefing held in Lusaka on Tuesday.
Mabumba said the Examinations Council of Zambia (ECZ) and the Ministry of General Education received notifications on the evening October 22 that Mathematics Paper 2 was posted on online media, the Zambian Watchdog.
He said ECZ management immediately took measures.
“The Council informed officers at the Office of the President, the Permanent Secretary – administration in the Ministry of General Education and other stakeholders. The Council arranged to verify the authenticity of the circulated material,’’ he explained. ‘’The verification process took place at the ECZ strong room around 22:45 hours. The process was conducted by four ECZ officials in the presence of two Zambia police officers.’’
Mabumba added that upon comparing the circulated material with that in the ECZ storage room, it was noted that indeed the 2018 Mathematics Paper 2 examination was leaked and circulated on online media.
“Arising from the findings of the verification, the following actions have been taken: (a) in line with the ECZ Act Chapter 137 of the laws of Zambia section 22(1), I have nullified the grade nine mathematics paper; two examinations papers which should have been written today 23rd of October 2018 in the morning at 08:00 hours,” said Mabumba.
“The Council management and the ministry, working with government investigation wings, have been instructed to take remedial measures, mitigate the situation and thoroughly investigate the matter and bring the perpetrators to book, while the measures above I have suspended the conduct of examinations until further notice.”