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MSCE registers two cheating cases, no leakage

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The Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) has said two cases of suspected cheating have been recorded with no leakage in the ongoing 2015 Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations this far.

As of Thursday, all major papers had been administered and according to Maneb spokesperson Simeon Maganga, the two cases of examination malpractice happened in Zomba and Blantyre.

The candidates began writing MSCE examination on June 17 and they are expected to finish on July 10.

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“The only examination malpractices we recorded involved one candidate who was found in possession of a cellphone in an examination room in Blantyre and another candidate who was found with an unauthorised reference material in Zomba. Both were arrested as they contravened Maneb Act but are now on bail and yet to be prosecuted,” Maganga said.

He described the administration of this year’s examinations as good saying the board was able to deliver both examination materials and identity cards on time.

“This made all designated centres administer the examination without fail. And above all, there was no leakage,” he said.

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Maganga attributed this year’s success not only to the improved security measures but also to the overwhelming support that the board got from the public.

“We cast our net wider and worked with stakeholders from all walks of life such as the teachers, police, the clergy, NGOs and the media just to mention a few. We also got on board members of the public through our toll-free lines which enabled them to report any suspected cases of examination malpractices.

“We strongly believe that this cordial working relationship will continue so that we can collectively eradicate examination malpractices for the good of our country,” Maganga said.

In the past years, the board was recording many cases of cheating with strong reports of leaked papers before the administration date.

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