MBABANE: Mbongwa Dlamini, the President of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) said the Ministry of Education and Training should be blamed for the alleged Exams Councils fraudulent results as per a Parliament report.
This comes after shocking revelations suggesting that the 2017 Form Five results were allegedly produced fraudulently by Examination Council of Eswatini (ECESWA). Members of Parliament tasked with investigating the operations of the Exams Councils whose Registrar is Dr Edmund Mazibuko were told that scripts from Sigcaweni, SAIM, Lusoti and Masibekela high schools were missing.
Speaking to this Swaziland News, the President of the SNAT blamed the Ministry of Education for the mess at ECESWA.
“This is very painful. The ECESWA has an important task of examining pupils in good faith. The organisation is a bridge between childhood and adulthood which comes with responsibilities. The Form Five results determine the future of the pupils. This tells us that pupils deserving to pass and graduate into tertiary have been deprived the opportunity. We have seen pupils committing suicide after failing the said exams. Their death should be on ECESWA. The Ministry of Education has allowed ECESWA officials to do things willy-nilly. There is no close monitoring whatsoever. The country needs a National Education Board that will help the Ministry to bring to book the entities showing incompetence,” said the President.
Gugu Mtsetfwa-Gumbi , the Special Education Officer at ECESWA confirmed that scripts went missing in 2017 and expressed her concerns on the Registrar swept the matter under the carpet. She further confirmed that the results were indeed fraudulently produced.
Dr Edmund Mazibuko