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Education ministry to monitor NPSE exams

May 12, 2017 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has stated that they would provide effective monitoring of this year’s National Primary School Examinations (NPSE) schedule for tomorrow (May 13, 2017).

Thousands of pupils from various primary schools across the country are bracing up for the exams after months and months of study.

The ministry’s Public Relations Officer, Brima Michael Tura,y told Concord Times in a telephone interview that their staff would be at examination centres across the country to monitor the conduct of the exams.

“We will be all over the place to provide effective monitoring for the smooth conduct of the NPSE exam,” he said, but failed to provide the total number of pupils that will write the exams come Saturday.

With regards a notice by the anti-corruption commission (ACC) regarding several complaints received against teachers and school authorities on allegations of demanding money from parents, guardians and pupils in exchange for facilitating malpractices at the centres, Mr. Turay said: “We have no information about exam malpractice. These are ordinary rumours because the NPSE exam is yet to be conducted. Let the ACC do their investigation.”

According to him, nobody has come out with evidence to the ministry regarding malpractices for the NPSE exams this Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has in a statement warned primary school authorities not to engage in any form of malpractice during the conduct of the NPSE.

The commission reiterated its position that teachers and school authorities must not demand or accept any form of advantage from pupils, parents, guardians and counterpart school authorities.

They reminded the public that offering and receiving an advantage or bribe, whether solicited or not, were a crime under the Anti-Corruption Act 2008, and that any violation of the said provision would be accordingly prosecuted.

Parents, pupils, guardians and school authorities were urged to resist such solicitations and offers of bribe.

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