MUGABE STILL PRESIDENT OF ZIMBABWE ACCORDING TO EXAMS
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