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Magistrate fines 6 ex-Libala pupils for unauthorised possession of exam papers

LUSAKA principal resident magistrate Humphrey Chitalu has fined six former grade 12 pupils who engaged in examination malpractices K5,000 each or in default serve 18 months simple imprisonment.

The former pupils of Libala Secondary School are charged with unauthorised possession of examination papers.

Five of the accused were juveniles and were jointly charged with Joyce Sialwiindi, 20, of Libala stage 4B.

Allegations are that the accused on November 2, jointly and whilst acting together without lawful excuse had in their possession grade 12 examination question papers.

The accused pleaded guilty.

In sentencing them after the social welfare presented reports, magistrate Chitalu condemned the pupils for engaging in examination leakages.

He said the offence of pupils using examination leakages had destroyed the quality of education.

“Every time there is an examination, instead of studying, parents are sponsoring them. It is very sad and we won’t let you to destroy the standards of education in Zambia,” magistrate Chitalu said.

He said those who use underhand methods to appear to be more qualified deprive those who passed genuinely.

He, however, said he would exercise leniency because the accused were first offenders who readily admitted the charge.

Magistrate Chitalu fined them K5,000 or serve 18 months in prison if they fail to pay the fine by December 31.

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