Some parents whose children were disqualified by the National Examinations Council of Tanzania (Necta) over alleged cheating in this year’s Standard Seven national examination have called on the government to revisit the decision.
Announcing the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results on Saturday, Necta executive secretary Charles Msonde said results of 1,059 pupils from 38 primary schools have been invalidated, adding that those affected would not be allowed re-sit the examination.
He also said that there were 71 Form Four examination centres that had prepared to also cheat in the final exams commencing today across the country.
Speaking to The Citizen yesterday, some parents of pupils at Chabutwa Primary School in Sikonge District, Tabora Region, said it was unfair to punish pupils for crimes committed by their teachers.
Their counterparts from Ng’arita and Nyawa primary schools in Bariadi District, Simiyu Region, said their worries were that the girl-victims will end in child marriages.
“Not only does the decision kill the academic dreams of the pupils; it also increases costs to parents who would be required to seek alternative education for their children,” said one of the parents on condition of anonymity.
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