12 November 2012

Zambia: Exam Malpratices - More Pupils Arraigned

TWENTY-THREE more pupils have appeared before Mansa magistrate Sydney Chikuba for examination malpractices.

On Wednesday last week, 18 pupils appeared in court for plea while the other 23 appeared at the weekend.

They are charged with one count of unauthorised possession of examination papers or information contrary to section 19(1) of the Examination Council of Zambia (ECZ) Act chapter 137 of the laws of Zambia.

Those who appeared in court included three juveniles who have since pleaded guilty to the charge.

The three juveniles will be represented by the Department of Social Welfare when they appear for sentencing on November 20, this year.

The pupils are from Mabumba High School in Mansa and Samfya High School.

They were remanded in custody as the State objected to the bail application, fearing that the accused could interfere with potential witnesses.

Those who pleaded guilty also had their bail application turned down.

Other pupils have been charged with one count of breaking into a building and committing a felony during the night of November 2, this year.

They are alleged to have broken into the headmaster's office at Mabumba High School with intent to steal and did steal Grade 12, 2012 final examination papers.

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