TUM Condemns Teachers in Examinations Misconduct

The Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) says the continued involvement of some teachers in students' examination fees mismanagement and national examinations cheating reveal lack of integrity in some of the teachers in the country.

TUM President, Willy Malimba said it is sad that teachers who were expected to have good characters are displaying high level of misconduct by cheating during examinations and duping unsuspecting learners, equating it to killing.

Malimba while partially shifted the blame on district education officials for not scrutinizing teachers supervising examinations, has said the suspected teachers should be prosecuted accordingly to clear the teaching profession.

"As TUM, we are totally condemning the malpractice, it is the thing of the past. The other challenge is that some district education officials in the country just pick every teacher to supervise national examinations without proper scrutiny on their integrity," he said.

On Wednesday this week, police in Blantyre arrested a teacher at one of the private schools for alleged cheating the Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) practical exams underway while two others are on the run in Chiradzulu over the similar offense.

Education analyst from the Mzuzu university, Dr. Foster Lungu has shared Malimba's observation.

"As a teacher, you are a professional and need to be responsible and honesty. So if these too characteristics are not there, that's why we hear reports of people indulging in those malpractices " Lungu observed.

The Malawi National Examination Board (MANEB) is also expected to administer the deferred Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) and the Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) examinations this July after some teachers mismanagement their examination fees.

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