The Malawi National Examination Board (Maneb) faced Parliamentary Committee on Education on Tuesday where it was revealed Closed Circuit (CCTV) cameras at board were facing the wrong direction and could not capture who might have stolen the leaked 2019 MSCE papers.
Board chairperson Professor Alfred Mtenje was presenting results of investigations instituted to ascertain how the examination papers found their way into students’ hands.
“The CCTV was working properly, but they faced wrong directions and therefore could not capture all movements at the offices.
“To add there was no physical searches being made, therefore led to loopholes in terms of access to the storerooms. The culprits took advantage of the security set up at Maneb since CCTV cameras could not take their faces. Managerial negligence also led to the leakage," he said.
Mtenje explained there was laxity in security pointing out 20 police officers are deployed to guard the examinations but in the cancelled examinations only six were deployed. He told the committee they have improved the security situation.
Maneb Acting Chief Executive Officer Dr. Dorothy Nampota said the board procured good and advanced CCTV cameras that will not be manipulated and ordered that no one should switch them off.
The Parliamentary committee on Education expressed disappointment with Maneb's conduct in handling MSCE examinations and the fact that suspended Maneb officials did not present themselves before the meeting to explain what happened.
Responding on the appearance of the suspended officials, Professor Mtenje said those on suspension could not make it because they are suspended.
Mtenje disclosed they will respond to disciplinary hearing questions on January 26, 2021.
However, the committee has still summoned them to present themselves on Wednesday, January 6th 2021.