Over 40 police officers in Mzimba district have threatened to boycott providing security during this year’s Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) examinations over unpaid allowances.
According to one of the police officers who spoke with this publication but asked for anonymity, the Malawi National Examination Board (Maneb) failed to pay them after they carried out similar duties last year.
“It is very worrisome and very unfortunate that it seems we are so precious when it comes to working and so sour when it comes to receiving the payments of our sweat.”
“Last year we provided the much needed security for the JCE exams but we did not receive our allowances. So we want those monies first then off we go to report this year’s examinations,” said the officer.
Reacting to the complaints, Maneb public relations officer Simeon Maganga said the board will investigate the claims.
The development comes a few days before the commencement of the Junior Certificate of Education examinations next week.
Recently, Maneb hailed the good administration of the Primary School Leaving Certificate Education examinations and said they have already paid all the administrators, something which has not been the same in the past years.