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MANEB arrests 29 suspects in connection to MSCE irregularities

Written by  Yamikani Yapuwa

Blantyre, October 18, 2018: Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB) says it has so far apprehended 29 people in connection to the 2018 Malawi Schools Certificate of Education (MSCE) examination irregularities.

MANEB’ Executive Director, Gerald Chiunda made the disclosure on Wednesday in Blantyre at the Central Office of Information, saying the people were arrested in connection to circulating genuine examination papers and confidential instructions through social media.

“As we drew towards the end of administration of major papers, on 4th July, 2018 in the morning, we saw three out of the 54 MSCE papers on the social media and these were Chichewa Paper III, Life Skills and Science and Technology,” he said.

“A comparison of these three papers showed that they were genuine which were to be administered later on that day,” added Chiunda.

Chiunda said MANEB engaged the police who managed to arrest five people in Zomba who led them to other three culprits in Blantyre.

“Police also apprehended a head teacher at Mitundu in Lilongwe for being found with Agriculture confidential instructions in his phone, a day before the paper was administered.

“Four people were nabbed for sharing Physical Science confidential instructions. Our tip-off regarding the Physical Science Confidential Instructions led us to a culprit at Bvumbwe who led us to someone in Lilongwe, then Mangochi and back to Lilongwe where more arrests were made,” added Chiunda.

According to MANEB’s Director of Security, Robert Harawa, out of the 29 suspects, one is a head teacher of Mitundu Community Day Secondary School in Lilongwe while three were female candidates and the rest male candidates.

“Currently, the head teacher’s case is at the Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court,” said Harawa.

Meanwhile, MANEB has said it is in the process of procuring anti-cyber crime consultancy services from outside to trace the first person who uploaded the Chichewa Paper III, Life Skills and Science and Technology on a Whatsapp social media platform.

“It is appropriate that we find the source soon that we put in place appropriate measures to avoid this malpractice from happening again,” added Chiunda.

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