The Zambia National Education Coalition (ZANEC) has urged the Ministry of Finance to release adequate funding to the Ministry of Education for the administration of examinations in the country.
ZANEC Executive Director George Hamusunga has attributed exam malpractices to lack of resources to ensure security of the examination papers when distributing them from the national level to their respective schools.
Mr Hamusunga says from experience, ZANEC has learnt that after the Examinations Council of Zambia has delivered the examination materials at district level, the District Education Board Secretaries (DEBS) have struggled to find funds for transporting examination materials to their respective schools.
He has noted with concern that the DEBS sometimes depends on the good will of the concerned school managements to have the examination materials delivered at school level a situation he says could be the source of compromise in securing examination papers.
Meanwhile, the ZANEC Executive Director has charged that the issue of examination malpractice is a sign of moral decay in our society.
Mr Hamusunga says although the blame is always on the Ministry of General Education as the custodian of all examinations, the concerned pupils and their parents should also bear the share of the blame.
He stressed that it is the responsibility of parents to ensure that their children study hard and prepare adequately for their examinations.
Mr Hamusunga explained that in most cases, it is the deviant children who are not committed to their studies who end up searching for leakages sometimes with the financial help of their parents.