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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Over 1,200 secondary school teachers to oversee Std VII exams

More than 1,200 secondary school teachers in Mwanza will be drafted in the invigilation exercise of the standard seven national examinations to be held later this month, a move authorities say is geared at curbing cheating.
For years invigilation work of standard seven national examinations has been a preserve of primary school teachers, but Mwanza Regional Education Officer Hamis Maulid said yesterday that they have decided to involve secondary school teachers this year to curb cheating which has been a problem for many years. Last year the National Examination Council cancelled results of 9,629 standard seven pupils because of cheating. These will re-sit the examinations this year.
Maulid said each examination centre will have one secondary school teacher.
The regional education officer said the secondary school teachers would write a report on the trend of the examinations.
He said the issue of involving secondary teachers was not budgeted for and that they have asked for 187m/- from the central government for the exercise.
Members of district examination committees will undergo a series of seminars to equip them with the techniques of invigilating the examinations, he said.
He warned that legal actions would be taken against any invigilator who would be involved in the cheating of the examinations to be held later this month.

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