Sunday Observer - - NEWS - BY ZWELETHU DLAMINI

Even though former pres­i­dent of Zim­babwe Robert Mu­gabe re­signed fol­low­ing threats of im­peach­ment on Tues­day, chil­dren re­sponded that he was the pres­i­dent of Zim­babwe on Thurs­day dur­ing their exam sit­ting.

When the Ro­man Catholic Panel re­spon­si­ble f or set­ting t he f i nal ex­ams for Catholic schools in the coun­try struc­tured its Grade Six So­cial Stud­ies Paper Two last month, it never an­tic­i­pated the re­cent turn of events in Zim­babwe lead­ing to the res­ig­na­tion of pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe. The panel did not know that the an­swer to one of the ques- tion would put those dilemma.

This has been ev­i­dent as pupils from the schools were re­quired to an­swer a com­pul­sory ques­tion (8) worth t hree marks which had a ques­tion that wanted the pupils to match Zim­babwe to its pres­i­dent among other t wo coun­tries and their pres­i­dents. Of note, there are three pres­i­dents listed on one side of the paper while their coun­tries are on the other side. The other two c oun­tries are South Afri c a a nd Mozam­bique while the other pres­i­dents listed are Jacob Zuma and Filipe Nyusi. In one school of the Catholic schools for in­stance, Mater be sub­ject to de­bate and writ­ing the exam in a Dolorosa(MDS)Pri­mary the pupils wrote the paper on the 23rd Novem­ber af­ter the pres­i­dent had re­signed yet still matched Zim­babwe to Robert Mu­gabe.

Teach­ers who were in­ter­viewed at the school when asked their opin­ion on whether the pupils should be awarded a mark for such gave con­flict­ing views as some said no while oth­ers said yes.

Some of the pupils who were in­ter­viewed ad­mit­ted to have matched Zim­babwe to the former pres­i­dent as some were still not aware that he had r esi gned while oth­ers were aware but de­cided to do so stat­ing it was what they had been taught and in the text books.

An in­spec­tion of the scripts which were not marked in­di­cated that a ma­jor­ity of the 106 pupils who sat f or t he exam had i ndi­cated t hat Mu­gabe is the pres­i­dent of Zim­babwe. The class teacher Siphiwe Mabuza said in her opin­ion the pupils should be a warded a mark f or s uch an an­swer.

On the con­trary an­other teacher from the school said in her opin­ion the pupils should be marked wrong as they had writ­ten the test af­ter Mu­gabe had re­signed say­ing the an­swer was wrong re­gard­less of the fact that there were no other op­tions. She said none of the pupils raised their hands to seek clar­ity or point out that the ques­tion had an

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