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College head threatens journo with death

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ROCKLAND College’s principal director McDonald Makondesa yesterday threatened NewsDay reporter Winstone Antonio with death for seeking comment on allegations that the Zimbabwe School Examination Council (Zimsec) has withheld the school’s Geography “O” Level results on suspicion that the paper was leaked.

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Makondesa, who is also the Geography teacher at the Harare college, is under fire from parents with children who sat for the Geography examination paper at the institution who are demanding results for their children.

A close source confirmed to NewsDay that Zimsec had withheld the Geography results to allow for investigation into the allegations. The source said there were allegations that the paper was leaked and pupils had revised it before they sat for the examination.

While Makondese went ballistic and threatened to kill the NewsDay reporter after being approached for comment, one senior teacher at the school confirmed the development.

“Are you a member of the CIO or a police officer to question me about such issues? I will kill you and rot in prison if you want to play with me,” Makondesa warned.

“Honestly speaking, I don’t want to talk to you on that issue. What is your problem? You have visited the school and what more do you want?”
But another senior teacher said: “Yes, I can confirm that the results were withheld by Zimsec, but I don’t know why. Just like you, we are even shocked and we actually want to know why they have been withheld.”

He added: “We are just waiting for the day they will be released as we have been promised from Zimsec that they will be released anytime soon. Such matters are between the employer and employee so I cannot answer that on their behalf.”

Zimsec was yesterday non-committal, saying it would not comment on issues that were under investigation.

“For the information you are looking for, you can get it from Rockland College since Zimsec does not comment on issues that are under investigations,” Zimsec spokesperson Nicolette Dhlamini said.

“We will only comment on the matter when the investigations are complete.”

NewsDay is reliably informed that some of the teachers at the college do not have the required qualifications to teach some of the subjects offered at the institution.

One of the teachers (name supplied) was reportedly blacklisted by the Primary and Secondary Education ministry for impregnating a student.

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