DONT SAC­RI­FICE TEACH­ERS

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By AARON CHIYANZO

In­ves­ti­ga­tions must be thor­ough, we don’t want a sit­u­a­tion where teach­ers are just picked when they are ac­tu­ally in­no­cent. I don’t think the leak­ages come from teach­ers, there could be a car­tel es­pe­cially at ECZ. So we don’t want our teach­ers M rt. oS am pa suf­fer for noth­ing, in­ves­ti­ga­tions must be thor­ough — ZNUT.

… In­ves­ti­ga­tions into exam leaks must be thor­ough - ZNUT

AHIGHLY placed of­fi­cer at the Ex­am­i­na­tion Coun­cil of Zam­bia (ECZ) may be be­hind the ex­am­i­na­tion pa­per leak­ages and not the teach­ers that have been ar­rested, an im­pec­ca­ble source has lamented. And the Zam­bia Na­tional Teach­ers Union (ZNUT) has de­manded that in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the leaked pa­pers be thor­oughly con­ducted so that teach­ers were not used as a sac­ri­fi­cial lambs to cover tracks of real cul­prits. The source who had worked at ECZ for a very long time, told the Daily Na­tion that a named top of­fi­cial at the coun­cil with con­nec­tions to the op­po­si­tion may be the source of the leaked pa­pers. The motive was to em­bar­rass the govern­ment and sow a seed of de­spon­dency. He dis­closed that the named of­fi­cial was very clever and cun­ning, and had de­lib­er­ately leaked ex­am­i­na­tions at other pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions he had worked, lead­ing to the sus­pen­sion of in­no­cent col­leagues. The source ex­pressed con­fi­dence that the said of­fi­cial was be­hind the cur­rent ex­am­i­na­tion pa­per leaks fol­low­ing the of­fi­cial’s track record. “This is what led me to leave my pre­vi­ous em­ploy­ment. It's a del­i­cate mat­ter. I am telling you, ex­am­i­na­tions where you have a can­tan­ker­ous char­ac­ters are a night mare. Quite frankly the gen­tle­man can­not be trusted. As I told you we won­dered how the de­ci­sion to ap­point him to such a sen­si­tive po­si­tion was made. He leaked ex­ams de­lib­er­ately and caused his res­ig­na­tion. He is a very com­pli­cated per­son. Very clever and canny!” he said. And ZNUT di­rec­tor for pub­lic re­la­tions and in­ter­nal af­fairs, Joe Kasaka ex­pressed con­cern that some teach­ers that have been nabbed on al­le­ga­tions of leak­ing ex­am­i­na­tions might have been in­no­cent. Mr Kasaka re­it­er­ated that the big­gest cul­prit with re­gards to ex­am­i­na­tion pa­per leak­ages was ECZ it­self and that some teach­ers were only im­pli­cated along the way. He de­manded that in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the re­cently leaked ex­am­i­na­tion pa­pers be thor­ough so that the real cul­prits were brought to book. Mr Kasaka also said that ECZ needed a new man­age­ment be­cause the cur­rent had failed to put their house in or­der. “In­ves­ti­ga­tions must be thor­ough, we don’t want a sit­u­a­tion where teach­ers are just picked when they are ac­tu­ally in­no­cent. I don’t think the leak­ages come from teach­ers, there could be a car­tel es­pe­cially at ECZ. So we don’t want our teach­ers to suf­fer for noth­ing, in­ves­ti­ga­tions must be thor­ough,” he said. Mr Kasaka also de­manded for a new man­age­ment at Ex­am­i­na­tion Coun­cil of Zam­bia (ECZ), say­ing that the cur­rent lead­er­ship had failed to ex­e­cute its du­ties dili­gently. And Na­tional Ac­tion for Qual­ity Ed­u­ca­tion in Zam­bia (NAQEZ) ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Aaron Chansa has called on govern­ment and se­cu­rity wings to en­sure that the real cul­prits were brought to book. Mean­while an op­po­si­tion party leader, Enock Tonga has called on govern­ment not to be swayed from un­earthing the real cul­prits be­hind the leak­ages by the ar­rest­ing of some teach­ers as they might just be sac­ri­fi­cial lambs. Mr Tonga, leader of 3rd Lib­er­a­tion Move­ment (3rd LM) said the ar­rested teach­ers might be sac­ri­fi­cial lambs to shift the at­ten­tion from the real cul­prits. He called on govern­ment to broaden its in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the ex­am­i­na­tion leak­ages.

Mr. Mucheleka

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