12 booked over exam cheating

THE Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has suspended twelve teachers in connection with the cancelled standard seven examinations results by the National Examination Council of Tanzania (Necta).

Last week, Necta cancelled examination results for eight primary schools because of cheating. The affected schools were Chemba (Dodoma), Hazina and New Hazina Primary schools both in Kinondoni (Dar es Salaam), Aniny Nndumi and Fountain of Joy in Ubungo (Dar es Salaam) as well as Alliance and New Alliance primary schools in Mwanza.

Necta Executive Secretary Dr Charles Msonde announced recently in Dar es Salaam that education officers and teachers in the said schools were involved in leaking exams to pupils.

On Tuesday, TSC Commission’s Secretary, Ms Winfrida Rutaindurwa, told a press conference here that TSC had suspended the teachers in Kondoa, Chemba, Dodoma districts in Dodoma and Buchosa District in Mwanza Region pending thorough investigations on the matter.

“Stern measures, including expulsion will be taken against all teachers who will be found guilty after completion of the investigation,” said the TSC’s Secretary.

Ms Rutaindurwa said four teachers were based in schools in Kondoa District, six (Chemba) in Dodoma Region and two from Buchosa District in Mwanza.

He added that TSC would continue to conduct investigations to net those who were involved in the scandal. She explained that while other organs would take legal action, TSC would take disciplinary measures against those who would be found to have been linked to examination cheating and that the commission had already written letters to twelve teachers over the suspension.

“Teachers who will be found in the ongoing investigation will join other suspended teachers for disciplinary measures. I hope that as the investigations continue, more culprits behind the scandal will be netted,” she remarked.

Ms Rutaindurwa noted further regulations under TSC stipulate clearly that the opening of examination envelopes and showing questions to candidates before examination time was against the law.

“Tackling some questions and giving answers to students is also a crime; we are continuing with investigations on the matter and whoever was involved will be apprehended,” he said.

According to TSC’s Secretary, those who are implicated in examinations cheating face demotion, salary reduction and expulsion.

She said some leaders in local authorities had been exerting pressure on teachers, a factor that fuelled cheating in examinations.

Author: LUDOVICK KAZOKA in Dodoma

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