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Deputy School Head, Teacher Sentenced To 3 Years In Jail Each For Exam Paper Leak

Deputy School Head, Teacher Sentenced To 3 Years In Jail Each For Exam Paper Leak

The deputy headmaster and an English teacher at Sipepa High School in Tsholotsho district, Matabeleland North Province, have admitted to leaking a public examinations paper to candidates at the school.

Brian Mazendami (41) of 20596 Pumula South, Bulawayo, who is the deputy headmaster and the teacher, Makosini Mondela (50) of Sipepa Line in Tsholotsho, were each sentenced to three years in prison.

They were accused of leaking a Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (ZIMSEC) Ordinary Level English Paper 1.

The two were convicted on their own pleas of guilty to criminal abuse of duty as a public officer and contravening Section 35(a) and (b) of the ZIMSEC Act by Tsholotsho resident magistrate Victor Mpofu.

However, the two educators will not go to jail after the magistrate conditionally suspended 18 months of the sentence on the condition that they do not commit a similar offence within that period.

The remaining 18 months were also suspended on the condition that Mazendami and Mondela each perform 630 hours of community service starting this Monday, 21 November 2022.

Mondela will perform community service at Jakalasi Primary School in Tsholotsho while Mazendami will be at Godlwayo Primary School in Pumula.

Allegations were that on 14 October 2022, at around 4 PM, Mazendami and Mondela connived and opened the strong room, where the examination papers were kept.

The duo took out a sealed envelope containing English Language paper 1 (4005/01) November 2022 examination and copied two questions from the sealed envelope and then returned it to the strong room. Prosecutor Sharon Phiri said:

Mazendami then taught his selected students how to write compositions based on those topics. He then corrected them after submitting their compositions.

She further alleged that a whistle-blower sent an anonymous letter to ZIMSEC exposing the corruption and a taskforce team was set up to conduct investigations at Sipepa High School leading to the arrest of the two teachers. | Chronicle

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van damme 2 months ago


Leakman 2 months ago

Apa unenge wakapiwa 50cents nevana vacho padhiri iroro, now wakunomama nebasa uriwega

Sorojena 2 months ago

That's why extra lessons should be banned, because some unscrupulous teachers would steal the exam papers to teach their chosen few students.

Registered Voter 2 months ago

@Sorojena wataura. Thats true kuma ghetto especially unongonzwa mwana wese achiti kwa Sir nhingi kunofaya towards exams asi the whole year vana havaendeko ku ma extra lessons wani. Corruption chaiyo.

2 months ago

Examinations leakages are marring the image of the Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council [ZIMSEC].

After sentencing the duo to 3 years in jail each which was commensurate with seriousness of the crime they committed, the magistrate however, became very lenient and suspended 18 months on good behaviour and committed the last 18 months to Community Service.

The sentences could have served as deterrent if the two accused could have served part of their sentences in jail.



Yours truly
William Sonboy CHINEMBIRI

Asalif 2 months ago

Example setting what about the students??

Manikiniki 2 months ago

The magistrate erred by substituting with community service. The two corrupt officials are no longer wanted in the public service um sure they have been fired already.

teacher 2 months ago

they will potentially private xul,since they are English teachers u can take away th position but u can't take th knowledge th duo have vana venyu vaku failed English vachaenda Kuma extra lessons ikoko th same teachers will b financially equipped to a level of bribing zimsec exam boards and get th question papers and give to students at 5usd per head kuAlevel they is this teacher aiti hunza 50usd kuGeo he will give you 5questions done and dusted unotoita 5points chete kuhistory


How far 2 months ago

zimsec is suppose to put a rewrite we can't tolerate this shem

xxx 2 months ago

They did a very serious criminal offence...Community Service kuprimary school yekumba kwake holiday... REALLY

This is she 2 months ago

MatabeLeland....taaa bhooo manje.

nonlo 2 months ago

tsholotsho hakuendwi kune. zvese zvinosungisa

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