By Bright Chikele:
THE Examination Council of Zambia (ECZ) has confiscated 100 forged Grade 12 School Certificates following the screening process for candidates vying for political office in the August 11 general elections.
ECZ director Michael Chilala, in a statement yesterday, said that the examining body had conducted the verification process of Grade 12 certificates or equivalent qualifications for candidates aspiring for political office as President, Members of Parliament (MP’s), council chairperson and ward councillor in next month’s general elections and 100 certificates were discovered to have been forged.
Mr Chilala said that the screening process that began on 14th March to 29th May, 2016, revealed that 94 of the forged certificates were local while six were foreign.
“Following the verification exercise, a total of 100 forged certificates were retrieved from the public, of which 94 are local (Zambian) while six (6) are foreign,’’ he said.
He added that 14 cases of suspected impersonation were observed where the details in the ECZ records did not agree with identification details of persons that submitted the qualifications for verification.
Mr Chilala said that after numerous cases of examination fraud by candidates vying for political office during its meeting on July 8th, 2016, the ECZ Council resolved that all training institutions, employers and others must consider submitting all certificates or statements of results awarded by the ECZ to the council for verification.
He said that the move would help the council to confirm the authenticity of the qualifications and true identity of owners once verified, hence prevent those who were not true owners from using other people’s qualifications.
“We therefore wish to advise all individuals and organisations to ensure that all certificates of your students or employees are verified by the Examinations Council of Zambia. Those that may not heed this advice will be doing so at their own risk,’’ he said.