Police have arrested three Chingola Seconday School teachers for being in possession of 2018 GCE examination papers.
Meanwhile, police in Mansa have arrested 55 students who were found revising a leaked GCE paper.
Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga told News Diggers in an interview that a 26-year-old man was also arrested together with the three teachers.
Katanga said the suspects were found at Chingola Secondary School in the sports room around 08:30 hours with the exam papers on August 1, 2018.
“The suspects are identified as George Mandalazi 36, of House Number 11 Luangwa Street in Nchanga North, Christopher Siulapwa 36, 6 Luangwa Street Chikola B.Paul Nambo 34, of 3B Kabundi Extension, Sambilila Road and one untrained Teacher Patrick Chama 26, of house Number 18 Lundi Street, Nchanga North all of Chingola and Teachers at Chingola Secondary School,” Katanga said.
“The quartet was arrested after a tip off from the school Administration that three Teachers and one untrained Teacher were in possession of the examination materials without authority according to Education Act.”
She said the suspects were found with four mathematics answer booklets and one photocopied question paper.
“The suspects were found in possession of four mathematics answer Booklets and one photocopy question paper (paper 2) for mathematics, GCE, exams for 2018 ordinary level. The same suspects are not candidates in this exams. We have since detained them in police custody to assist with investigations,” said Katanga.
Meanwhile, in a statement, Friday, police spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo stated that police in Mwansa arrested 55 pupils who were found revising a GCE paper on July 31, 2018.
“Police in Mansa rounded up a group of 55 suspected students who were found at Success Tuition Center in Zambia Compound within Mansa District revising a 2018 GCE grade 12 Mathematics paper two. This happened on 31st July, 2018 after receiving information from a concerned member of the public. After a search, it was discovered that most of them had mathematics paper questions on their cell phones and also had two hard cover exercise books which contained the same questions and was confirmed on 1st August, 2018 that the mathematics questions which the students were revising were the ones in the actual examination paper,” Katongo stated.
“Forty eight (48) students comprising 36 females and twelve males were then charged with the offence of unauthorized possession of examination material or information contrary to section 19(1) chapter 137 of the Laws of Zambia and will appear before court soon. Investigations to establish the source have continued.”
She stated that police in Mongu also arrested seven pupils for being in possession of the same mathematics paper.
“In a related development, Police in Mongu of Western Province have arrested seven (07) pupils among them six (06) female and one male who were found in possession of mathematics examination paper two of 2018. This occurred on 1st August, 2018 at about 10 00 hours at Kambule Secondary School in Mongu District. The suspects have been charged with unauthorized possession of examination material or information contrary to section 19(1) chapter 137 of the Laws of Zambia and will appear before court soon. We wish to remind the general public that unlawful possession of examination material is an offence and those found wanting will face the wrath of the Law,” stated Katongo.