Some pupils from Sadzu Basic School unhappy with sudden change of date for writing national exams.

The sudden change of date for writing national exams has not pleased some pupils from Sadzu Basic School.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the pupils say that the ECZ, Examination Council of Zambia could have introduced the new timetable in 2014, instead of this year.
The pupils also complained that the syllabus is rarely finished in time for the November exams, and that bringing the exam dates closer will make it even harder for the syllabus to be completed.
And Provincial Education Officer, Thomas Mwanza has confirmed that the examination calendar had to be revised in order to enable examinations start early.
He also added that instead of starting with practicals, the exams will begin with theory, followed by practicals.
Mr Mwanza says that this will help curb exam malpractices because it had been observed that it is during the period of practicals that leakages usually occurred.
And Mr Mwanza says that government has already issued a stern warning to all teachers who fail to finish the syllabus that they will be disciplined.
During a media briefing earlier this week, ECZ Director, Michael Chilala , said the Grade Seven examinations will start on 14th October and end on 18th October, while the Grade Twelve examinations will start with theory paper on 4th October and end on 8th November respectively.

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