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Candidates urged against cheating in exams

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The Malawi Schools Parents Association (Maspa) has warned all candidates this year to avoid cheating during exams.

The Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) and Junior Certificate Examination (JCE) candidates have been told to exercise high levels of integrity and patriotism during writing exams to uplift the standards of education in the country.

Speaking on Wednesday at Balaka Secondary School when Maspa conducted sensitisation campaigns aimed at stopping exam cheating amongst candidates, Maspa national chair, James Chapita, said cheating erodes education standards and perpetuates ignorance.

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“Most candidates behave abnormally during exams time claiming they are no longer in the hands of school management but the Malawi National Examination Board (Maneb). They go about causing havoc and vandalising school property in the process instead of studying hard to excel in the exams,” Chapita said.

He said Maspa does sensitisation campaigns in schools especially to candidates on the evils of cheating during examinations. It also conducts spot checks during the writing of exams.

Lameck Likoswe, headmaster of Balaka Secondary School, said most students become unruly when they register for exams.

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“We hope that with the talk that Maspa gave to the candidates there will be change in the way candidates conduct themselves and concentrate on their studying rather than causing havoc to fellow students and teachers,” Likoswe said.

Maspa carries out the sensitisation campaign with support from Maneb. Balaka Secondary School has about 530 candidates who are expected to sit for MSCE and JCE this year.

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