By ENOCH KADEMAUNGA
SIX Grade 12 pupils of Lusaka’s Libala Secondary School have been fined K5, 000 each or 18 months imprisonment in default for being in possession of a leaked Mathematics examination paper one.
In this case, the six juveniles were charged for unauthorized possession of examination paper or information contrary to Section 19 (1) and (2) of the Examination Council of Zambia Act Chapter 137 of the Laws of Zambia.
Particulars of the offence were that on November 2, 2018, the juveniles aged between 17 and 18 jointly and whilst acting together, without lawful excuse, had in their possession Grade 12 examination question papers.
All the accused persons pleaded guilty to the charge.
Facts before court were that on the material date around 09:00hours, a Detective Sargent Kalaba at Examinations Council of Zambia (ECZ) received a report that some pupils at Libala Secondary School were caught with a pre-written Mathematics examination paper one.
Acting on the information, he went to the school with Lameck Chonga, an examinations security officer from ECZ.
The officers were ushered into the head teacher’s office where the six juveniles were. They had in their possession Grade 12 examination paper one with hand written solutions to the questions.
They were later taken to Long Acres police post where they were interviewed. A warn and caution statement was recorded from them and they gave a free and voluntary reply admitting the charge.
They were later charged and arrested for the subject offence.
In sentencing the convicts, Lusaka Magistrate Humphrey Chitalu said the offence had become common in Zambia and it was hampering the quality of qualifications.
He said people using leakage appear more qualified than those that work hard hence, when getting jobs, hard workers are disadvantaged.
Mr Chitalu was dismayed that in some cases parents encourage and help their children to buy leaked papers.
He later fined the juveniles K5, 000 each to be paid by December 31, 2018 or in default serve 18 months simple imprisonment.