Police pick up 22 pupils, a teacher and guards for stealing exam papers

Police in Luapula Province have picked up 22 pupils, one teacher and two security guards in connection with the breaking in of a Head teacher’s office at Maumba secondary School where this year’s examination papers were reported to have been stolen.

The breaking is believed to have happened between 2nd November, 2012 at 20 00 hours and 3rd November, 2012 at 05 00 hours.

The breaking was discovered by the School Head teacher Mr. Fredrick Makuyu the following day on 03rd November, 2012 between 06 00 hours and 07 00 hours when he reported for work who later informed us.

Police assistant Public Relations Officer Mwaata Katongo explained that police investigations revealed that the strong room where examination papers were stored was broken into and four trunks containing examination papers were found tampered with, with some papers missing.

She said the the missing papers include; food and nutrition four papers, Home management- one paper, Civic Education- 4 papers, Religious education- 5 papers, Science paper 2- five papers, Mathematics paper 2- three papers, geography paper 2- seven papers, Science (Chemistry) paper 3- three papers, geography paper 1- four papers, Science paper1 (physics)- 3 papers, Commerce- nine papers and mathematics paper 1 – 11 papers were missing.

‘During investigations, our officers picked up eight pupils who were found going through some examination papers and were being assisted by primary school teacher identified as Edwin Mutakasha who teaches at a different school.

‘The pupils revealed to us more pupils who were in possession of the papers and were apprehended leading the number to 22.

‘We therefore have 25 people in custody including the teacher and two security guards,’ she said.

She said investigations have continued.

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