What has happened this year is a sharp and excellent departure from the shameful past where most candidates had prior access to papers, National Action for Quality Education in Zambia (NAQEZ) has said concerning this year’s national examinations.

In a statement issued today, NAQEZ Executive Director Aaron Chansa said after having independently overseen national examinations for grades 7, 9 and 12 this year, the organisation is excited that no cases of malpractice were encountered.

[We are] happy with the general administration of 2019 national examinations.

NAQEZ salutes the Ministry of General Education, the Examinations Council of Zambia (ECZ), all school administrators, teachers across the country, all security wings, parents, the media, civil society and all the 2019 candidates for delivering credible national examinations.

he said.

Poor administration of examination saw Zambia record the highest cases of examination leakages in Southern Africa.

Mr Chansa said he hopes that the success recorded this year will forever change the well-known narrative of having condemned national examinations.

And he has challenged the Ministry of General Education and the Examinations Council of Zambia (ECZ) to avoid complacency.

This is now time to work harder and consolidate the feat which has been scored. It is time to begin planning for much more superior national examinations for 2020. We should never allow exams to be leaked in this country again.

he said.

He observed that ECZ and the Ministry of General Education managed to seal the leaks, security was enhanced and candidates wrote without undue advantages, unlike previously when papers for national examinations were actually past papers because candidates saw them before writing.

NAQEZ will in 2020 mount vicious sensitisation crusades against examination malpractice in a bid to ensure that learners and citizens understand the consequences of cheating during examinations.

Mr Chansa has further urged the Ministry of General Education to plan for the 2020 national examinations and make it a priority to fund the distribution of papers.

Forcing schools to fund this expensive undertaking has been in very bad faith and must be avoided at all costs. The ministry must also consider giving allowances to supervisors and invigilators as a way of motivating them for doing extra work.

he said.



Victor Kalalanda

Victor Kalalanda is a final year media student at the University of Zambia, and he is the current managing editor of this online newspaper, the Lusaka Star. His expertise as a final year media student straddles two vastly different countries, namely Switzerland, where he worked for a top-tier media agency as a B360 Digital Marketing Global Intern, and Zambia, where he has, as either stringer or intern, competitively held jobs with all State-owned media—the Times of Zambia, Zambia Daily Mail and Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (TV1 & TV2). For additional media production skills and insights, he completed a two-months internship with Loyola Media Productions & Broadcasting Zambia Limited—and continues to serve with a campus radio station as a reporter, news and show presenter. Before university, he survived on a series of odd jobs, later worked as a street hawker, itinerant security guard and barman, during which time he suffered bouts of humiliation and poverty, and vowed that if he ever got a real chance at life, he would die a little to make the most of it. As such, since entering university, grit and determination have been his life's guiding principles and this has in the past led a lecturer and a recruiter to describe him as "very aggressive and ambitious." In 3 years he has built a reputation for academic excellence, won 3 coveted awards and he has served in top student leadership positions as a class representative, publicity secretary and senior news editor. In his final year he now concentrates not only on building a great GPA but also on raising his career profile as a digital marketing consultant, professional ghostwriter and book editor, journalist, managing editor of the Lusaka Star, public relations aide and research assistant. He balances up his enthusiasm for career development with humanitarian work as a secretary general of an NGO, and further as a guitarist. He enjoys intellectual discussions around the subjects of love, relationships, media, politics, economics, education, underdevelopment, religion, charity, literature, sports and travelling.