The Malawi National Examinations Board(MANEB) Members have cited security relaxation as one of the major challanges that led to the 2020 Malawi School Certificate of Education(MSCE) examination leakages.
MANEB Board Chairperson, Professor Alfred Mtenje revealed this today at Parliament in Lilongwe, during a meeting with Parliamentary Committee on Education, Science and Technology.
Matenje further said that MANEB can not produce enough evidence which can show how papers where removed in its store rooms since CCTV cameras at MANEB where not working and other cameras where pointed in a wrong direction.
According to Mtenje, some reports finding shows that papers where also leaked through WhatsApp by some MANEB officials.
He further clarified that reduction of number of security agencies was also some of the reasons that led to the leakages.
He added that some workers especially those who have access to reach restricted areas like the secretary were not physically searched when they are going out.
He said that number of security agencies from Malawi Police Service was reduced from fifteen to six, to provide security at the store rooms.
Mtenje has since apologized to the committee for not coming with the suspect and for taking too long to appear before the committee.
Meanwhile, the parliamentarian committee on Education has expressed disappointment with MANEB on how they handled examination.
The committee has asked the Board to put strict measures that will protect exams and make sure that the CCTV cameras are working 24/7.