Teacher caught writ­ing exam for pupil

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page -

A TEACHER at Camelot High School in Kwekwe has been sus­pended af­ter he was al­legedly caught in pos­ses­sion of a com­pleted Math­e­mat­ics pa­per while the ex­am­i­na­tion was still in progress.

The teacher, Mr Ian Mhem­bere, who teaches Math­e­mat­ics al­legedly wrote a Math­e­mat­ics Pa­per One ex­am­i­na­tion on be­half of a pri­vate can­di­date whose name could not be es­tab­lished on 17 Oc­to­ber. Mr Mhem­bere was re­port­edly picked up by po­lice for ques­tion­ing be­fore be­ing re­leased and has not re­ported for duty since then.

Mr Mhem­bere was re­port­edly caught by Zim­sec of­fi­cials who were on rou­tine checks, in pos­ses­sion of a Math­e­mat­ics Pa­per One which he had al­ready com­pleted with the name of the can­di­date in ques­tion, while the exam was still in progress.

Camelot High School head Mr Peter Martins con­firmed the in­ci­dent say­ing the teacher has been sus­pended to al­low in­ves­ti­ga­tions to pro­ceed smoothly.

“The teacher is on sus­pen­sion pend­ing full in­ves­ti­ga­tions. The matter has been taken up by our school board who are con­duct­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions. Ev­ery­body is just wait­ing for the in­ves­ti­ga­tions as our board and the po­lice have been call­ing in peo­ple for ques­tion­ing so we are ea­gerly wait­ing for the out­come,” said Mr Martins.

The school’s Board of Trustees chair­per­son, Mr Ge­orge Tobaiwa, said a Zim­sec team con­ducted in­ves­ti­ga­tions af­ter they dis­cov­ered there was a miss­ing pa­per.

“The Zim­sec team who were on rou­tine checks dis­cov­ered that the pa­pers in the exam room did not tally with the num­ber of can­di­dates. Af­ter con­duct­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the pa­per was found in pos­ses­sion of the teacher who had al­ready com­pleted it with the de­tails of the said can­di­date on the pa­per,” he said.

Mr Tobaiwa said they were ea­gerly await­ing the out­come of in­ves­ti­ga­tions by both Zim­sec and po­lice.

“We are yet to re­ceive any feed­back from ei­ther po­lice or Zim­sec who are han­dling the matter. We as a board are also try­ing to get to the bot­tom of the matter. We are guided by the min­istry’s code of con­duct re­gard­ing ex­am­i­na­tions and we do not tol­er­ate any be­hav­iour that com­pro­mises the im­age of the school and the gen­eral eth­i­cal prac­tices,” said Mr Tobaiwa.

He said if found guilty, the teacher would be ex­pelled.

Zim­sec pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer Ms Nicky Dlamini said in­ves­ti­ga­tions were un­der­way but could not be drawn into giv­ing finer de­tails.

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