THE headmaster of Vengwe Primary School in Mberengwa, Samuel Chuma, and his subordinate, Kenneth Sibanda, were last week fined $200 and $250 respectively for writing last November’s public examinations on behalf of some of their Grade Seven pupils.
BY Own Correspondent
In passing sentence, Zvishavane magistrate Peter Madiba said the two were set to lose their jobs, hence a fine was justifiable and, in the case they failed to pay then they faced four and five-month jail terms respectively.
Chuma (49) and Sibanda (41) of Mdluli village under Chief Bangwe were found guilty of contravening the Zimbabwe School Examinations Act.
The court heard that Chuma took some answer sheets and gave them to Sibanda, who wrote the Grade 7 English Paper Two for some pupils.
The matter came to light during marking of the examinations in Gweru when some of the markers discovered the scam and reported the matter to Zimsec.
It was then discovered that Chuma had connived with some teachers to write the examinations on behalf of the pupils.
Zimsec officials reported the matter to police, leading to the pair’s arrest.