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64 Student-Teachers Arrested, Convicted

Sixty-four students training to be teachers were arrested for examination malpractice and convicted, even before completing their course.

No fewer than 64 teacher-in-training under the Open Distance Learning Programme have been convicted of examination malpractice charges in Malawi.

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Magistrate, Esther Phiri of the First Grade Magistrate Court at Machinga Boma convicted the accused and ordered them to pay Malawian Kwatcha K15,000 (N5,356).

The court had found them guilty of entering the examination with cell phones, an punishable offence under the Malawi National Examination Act.

Magistrate Phiri said the students had a case to answer having acted contrary to national examination regulations which restrict entering the examination room with mobile devices and other items that can facilitate cheating.

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Student Pulse gathered that the convicts were arrested at Machinga Boma Teacher Development Center on July 31.

Most of the students have paid the fines.

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