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The Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) has warned that it will take serious action on schools that will be found teaching their pupils during examinations period.

The board’s Public Relations Officer, Simeon Maganga, made the remarks in Mangochi yesterday in an interview on the sidelines of an awareness campaign the board is conducting to sensitise learners and school authorities to the best practices that need to be employed before, during and after national examinations.

Maganga explained that Maneb is concerned about reports of some common bad practices which some teachers and pupils continue employing during examinations, a thing which he said compromised the quality and results of examinations.

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Among other things, he complained of a tendency by some teachers who continue teaching when examinations period has opened, a situation which he said risk the candidates or the whole school of being disqualified because there might be an element of cheating in their teaching.

“We want to advise all the schools that it is not recommended to continue teaching during examinations period. We believe the school calendar provides enough time for teachers to teach their students. We have had incidences when candidates get out of examinations room and go into classrooms to learn. We will be strict to ensure that this habit is completely stopped,” Maganga said.

The Maneb publicist further advised school authorities to verify the nominal roll to ensure that only correct names and subjects are sent to the board to avoid cases where pupils are identified with wrong names and incorrect subject combination.

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“We are continuing with digital registration of candidates because the system has managed to reduce cases of misspelling of names for candidates. However, we would like to advise the teachers to take extra care when entering names for candidates,” Maganga said.

This year’s awareness campaigns which have been launched in Mangochi will take the board to Salima, Mzuzu, Nkhotakota, and some parts of the Southern Region where the board did not conduct a similar exercise last year.

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