Forty two pupils of Ncheka primary school in Mambwe district, whose examination scripts were stolen last month, are rewriting their final grade nine examinations.

Eastern Province Education Standards Officer Beatrice Botha told ZANIS in  an interview that the Ministry of Education set new papers for the grade nine candidates whose answer sheets were stolen from the strong room at Ncheka primary school.

Mrs. Botha stated that the candidates, who are scheduled to complete their examinations on Sunday, started sitting on Monday this week.

She said the pupils are set to write all the examination papers except for business studies.

She has meanwhile announced that thieves also stole already written examination scripts for Integrated science and Art and design at Chinunda primary school in Chipata district.

Mrs. Botha said the theft occurred in the middle of the examination period, saying 13 pupils whose answer sheets for integrated science and seven whose Art and design scripts were stolen are also rewriting their examinations.

Last month, thieves broke into the strong room at Ncheka primary school and stole the already written examination papers for 42 candidates.

And police have not yet found links leading to suspected thieves although four pupils and a watchman were detained in connection with the same theft that shocked many.

Eastern Province Police Commissioner last week told journalists that the four have since been released.

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