By CHARITY MOONGA –
THE Government will review the Examinations Council of Zambia (ECZ) Act to introduce stiffer penalties to curb examination malpractices, Education Minister John Phiri has said.
Dr Phiri said in a ministerial statement to Parliament on Friday that his ministry would not condone teachers’ involvement in examination malpractices
He said the ECZ should also separate the General Certificate of Education (GCE) examinations from the school certificate examinations because the majority of malpractices involved GCE candidates
Dr Phiri said Government would also tighten security of GCE and school certificate examinations to enhance credibility.
He said guidelines for administration and management of examinations would be amended to keep them up to date with the current trends of malpractices.
The minister said Government would expand secondary school infrastructure to increase learning opportunities and reduce competition for the limited places at Grade 10 level and in institutions of higher learning.
Dr Phiri said Government was looking forward to a time when learning would be a pleasure of every child and adult.
He said the ministry would hold performance review meetings to determine the factors that influence learner performance at grassroots and develop strategies to improve learner performance in all subjects.