Examination malpractices such as leakages seem to be the trend each year in Zambia. Today I want to explain how this cheating practice occurs:
1.Examination Of Zambia Offices/Officers
There has been a lot taking place at this institution in line with leakages. Earnestly speaking senior officers always have secret codes for exams storage banks including the website passwords which contain all Grade 7,9 and 12 examination papers in soft copy.
These codes are circulated professionally to some senior officers in the Ministry of Education including some ministers who print out these exams for their family members.
Besides, these papers are sold off to some members of public in both soft and hard copies. Like last year Chemistry 5124/2 and Mathematics Syllabus D were leaked through some senior political official who managed to buy for their children at Kabulonga Girls and another one at Munali Boys.
These papers only filter to the general commoners in the public schools through these pupils who seek help from other pupils.
Besides, after writing and papers have already been transported to Lusaka just before marking commences, some of these papers are tempered with. The pre-written papers are professionally swapped just there at ECZ. They replace the poorly written papers for their friends, relatives and customers with perfectly pre-answered.
During this exercise, some markers connive with some people to find customers to pay them to facilitate the Exchange of papers.
Even during the BELT-MARKING SYSTEM, markers still manage to sneak in pre-answered papers.
It is even worse when these markers are allowed to carry the papers to sleeping rooms. Customers are easily found who are ready to pay cash then given marking keys to copy thereafter place these papers back. This doesn’t raise any suspicion, as there are no handwriting disparities.
3.DURING EXAM DATA ENTRY.
At this stage, cheating occurs in two ways;
a) Some team leaders do not only total up the marks after marking but also carry marked papers to the data entry operators. Therefore, some of these people deliberately enter inflated marks for some papers and data entry operators just enter the marks, which they see on the mark sheet.
b) Some data entry operators change the correct figures as presented by the team leaders. This occurs mostly after the counter-checking sheet has already been produced and given to the team leader
What I mean is this…the team leader takes the marked totaled papers to the data entry operator, who enters the marks and later produce a counter-check list for the team leader to check through. Just after the counter-check paper has been produced, the data operator alters marks of his/her interest.
THESE ARE SOME OF THE PROMINIENT WAYS IN WHICH ECZ EXAMS OCCURS
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