NINETEEN students from six secondary schools in Mpanda District in Katavi Region were disqualified from sitting for this year's Certificate of Secondary Education Examinations (CSEE) after the National Examinations Council of Tanzania (Necta) canceled their registration.
The 19 students are among 44 who were expelled after the Mpanda District Education Department discovered that they had been enrolled for secondary education while they had failed their final Grade Seven examinations.
The department also reported the matter to the Teachers' Services Department for action to be taken against ten headmasters of the secondary schools, for enrolling 44 unqualified students.
The Mpanda District Education Officer, Mr Venance Nyamwale, told this paper during an exclusive interview here that they reported the headmasters to the services department after a special team of senior officials, from the district, discovered gross irregularities in the enrollment of the 44 students According to Mr Nyamwale, the services department is currently probing the case.
He also mentioned the secondary schools whose students were disqualified by Necta as Usevya (1), Machimboni (1), Sitalike (3), Mpandandogo (7), Kabungu (6) and Kasokola (1). Mr Nyamwale noted that Necta came to such a decision after a special team, following directives from the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, investigated 23 secondary schools in the district, out of which 10 were found to have enrolled students who had failed their examinations.
He mentioned the remaining secondary schools accused of involvement in the scandal as Usevya, Mamba, Kasokolo, Mpanda Ndogo, Ikola, Kabungu, Inyonga, Sitalike, Machimboni and that at Mishamo refugee settlement .
The investigation was conducted by a special team from July 13 to August 2, this year He further expounded that out of the 44 students, five were in Form I, eight were Form 2 students and had been officially registered, but did not sit for national examinations as they had already been sent home, 12 were in Form 3 and 19 were Form 4 students.
According to preliminary findings of the special team, all the 44 students failed their national Standard 7 examinations and that their names and pictures did not appear in a record book with the details of those who passed the exams.