By NORMA SIAME –
A HORDE of fraudsters selling fake Grade 12 examination papers have flooded Northern Province where desperate pupils eager to pass their GCE examinations are falling prey to the scheme.
The group of fraudsters yet to be apprehend by Police, is thriving on a rumour that the district education board offices in Mporokoso were broken into and examination papers stolen.
Northern Province Police chief Charity Katanga and provincial education officer Nero Mwanapabu yesterday warned that those engaging in the practice would be dealt with.
Mr Mwanapabau was emphatic and warned pupils against futile pursuits of alleged leaked papers and instead prioritise studying, even with the short time remaining. Grade 12 classes will be writing their English paper on Monday.
Mr Mwanapabu said pupils should not be fooled by crafty people because all examinations, which were under lock and key, were being guarded by armed Zambia Police personnel.
Ms Katanga said those found selling examination papers would be prosecuted and cautioned members of the public, especially pupils from participating in illegal activities related to exam fraud.
A group of Grade 12s that spoke on condition of anonymity said one purported exam paper was being sold between K100 and K150.
Meanwhile, Kasama Girls Secondary School emerged overall winner among the secondary schools that participated in the Bank of Zambia sponsored quiz in Northern Province.
The school will represent Northern Province during a national quiz contest that will include finalists from nine other provinces whose venue will announced later.
Liz Mbuzi representing Bank of Zambia, at the derby which was held at Kasama Boys Secondary School, was happy with the performance of the all-girls schools that participated which saw Saint Theresa emerge runners up.
Other schools that participated, but failed to make it to for the finals, where St Francis and Mpulungu Day School.
Northern Province Permanent Secretary Hlobota Nkunika urged the girls to fight hard as provincial ambassadors and come back with the national trophy.