36 exam can­di­dates stranded after col­lege owner dis­ap­pears with exam fees

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Leonard Ncube

THIRTY-SIX stu­dents who had reg­is­tered for Or­di­nary Level ex­am­i­na­tions at a pri­vate col­lege in Hwange are stranded after the school’s owner al­legedly dis­ap­peared with­out reg­is­ter­ing them with the Zim­babwe School Ex­am­i­na­tion Coun­cil.

Po­lice con­firmed re­ceiv­ing re­ports from 36 prospec­tive can­di­dates who lost a com­bined $2 379 in ex­am­i­na­tion fees.

Ninety-two stu­dents were en­rolled for Form Four at Shalom Chris­tian Academy which rented premises at St Ig­natius Ro­man Catholic Pri­mary School in Hwange. Oth­ers were lucky as they reg­is­tered at other cen­tres.

Scores of pupils from Form One to Form Three are also re­port­edly stranded as teach­ers are no longer con­duct­ing les­sons.

The 36 pupils were shocked when they were told they couldn’t write their ex­ams from Mon­day be­cause their state­ments of en­try had not been re­ceived.

The owner of the school Mr Daylove Zvavamwe, 35, who is also its prin­ci­pal and his girl­friend Ms Florence Macheka, who was a clerk at the in­sti­tu­tion, have since dis­ap­peared, The Chron­i­cle was told.

Mr Zvavamwe, was last year ac­quit­ted of rape charges at the Hwange re­gional court. He was be­ing ac­cused of rap­ing and in­fect­ing a pupil with HIV.

Mata­bele­land North Act­ing po­lice spokesper­son Sergeant Na­mati­rai Mashona said they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case.

She said the school was not reg­is­tered and po­lice were look­ing for Mr Zvavamwe and Ms Macheka.

“I can con­firm that we’re in­ves­ti­gat­ing a case where 36 stu­dents paid for ex­am­i­na­tions and were prej­u­diced of $2 379. The school isn’t reg­is­tered and the two sus­pects Zvavamwe and Macheka ac­cepted and re­ceipted money be­tween Fe­bru­ary and May 2016 but didn’t re­mit it to the Zim­babwe School Ex­am­i­na­tions Coun­cil,” she said.

“Can­di­dates didn’t re­ceive their state­ments of en­try and couldn’t write on Oc­to­ber 24. Po­lice are ap­peal­ing to mem­bers of the pub­lic to sup­ply in­for­ma­tion about the where­abouts of the two sus­pects. They can report to any po­lice sta­tion or use po­lice What­sApp num­ber +263 78 427 0800.”

Sgt Mashona urged mem­bers of the pub­lic to go to reg­is­tered in­sti­tu­tions.

The pri­vate col­lege owner is al­leged to have moved his chil­dren from Hwange to an un­known des­ti­na­tion a few months after in­form­ing pupils that he had se­cured a schol­ar­ship to study abroad.

Sources said teach­ers phoned Ms Macheka on Mon­day and she claimed Mr Zvavamwe was in Malawi, while some sources said he fled to the United King­dom.

“I’m bit­ter about this is­sue be­cause we strug­gle to raise money for fees and some­body just squan­ders it. Teach­ers in­vited stu­dents to talk to them and we don’t know what will hap­pen since our chil­dren won’t be able to write,” said an an­gry par­ent, Mr Steven Moyo, whose son was sup­posed to write five sub­jects.

Ms Agnes Khu­malo said she paid $15 exam fees per sub­ject in March.

An­other stu­dent Ms Mary­lyn Tembo said she had reg­is­tered for Math­e­mat­ics which she des­per­ately needed to pass as she wants to en­rol at a col­lege. “It looks like my world has crum­bled,” she said. Teach­ers were also left stranded. On Mon­day act­ing head­mas­ter Mr Lawrence Chi­h­wii told stu­dents that there was noth­ing he could do to help them as only Mr Zvavamwe had all the an­swers to their ques­tions.

The col­lege has been op­er­at­ing in Hwange for more than five years and stu­dents reg­is­tered with Shalom write from Hwange Gov­ern­ment Se­condary School, The Chron­i­cle was told.

The ma­jor­ity of stu­dents at the school in­clud­ing con­ven­tional ones are re­peat­ing O-Level after fail­ing on their first at­tempts else­where. — @ncubeleon.

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