Teacher arrested for sharing exam photos


Gift Maguza, a teacher at Finish line private secondary school in Blantyre, has been arrested for taking photos of confidential instructions for Agriculture practical examination and sharing them.

Maguza shared the photos with a teacher of the same school through phone on Tuesday, the day the Agriculture practical examination was administered.

According to Malawi Examinations Board (MANEB) which is administering the Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) exams, the teacher flouted examination regulations.

MANEB Spokesperson, Mayamiko Chiwaya, told the local media that the conduct is a violation of examination regulations and confirmed that candidates have been transferred to Maranatha Girls Academy where they will complete their exams from.

“This is a gross violation of national examination standards. The candidates from Finish Line Private Secondary School have been transferred to complete their examinations at Maranatha Girls Academy.

“All arrangements have been put in place. From Finish Line Private Secondary School to Maranatha Girls Academy is just a walkable distance so there’s no effect on the candidates. Meanwhile, Police are investigating the incident,” added Chiwaya.

Reacting to the development, Maranatha Private Schools Managing Director Enerst Kaonga, welcomed the decision saying his institution remains committed to advance quality of education in the country.

“We are one family in the education sector. When we were approached we didn’t find it difficult to accept candidates from Finish Line Private Secondary School because we believe in supporting and championing quality delivery of educational services,” said Kaonga.

Meanwhile, Police are also looking for two teachers identified as James Mbeta and Bright Kandoje, of St Joseph Catholic Private School in Chiradzulu for sharing the contents of the Biology practical examination with an unknown candidate on Wednesday.

MANEB says these three teachers will answer the charge of revealing contents of national examinations.