ZIMSEC: Exam ‘leak’ uncovered at Hwange school

THREE Form Six pupils at Gebhuza Secondary School in Hwange were allegedly found with an Economics examination question paper before the exam.

The Economics A-Level paper was written on Monday. One of the three candidates (names provided) allegedly told the school authorities that he got the soft copy of the question paper from a WhatsApp group where it was allegedly posted and he sold it to the other two.

Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) spokesperson Ms Nicky Dlamini confirmed the leakage and said an investigation into the matter had been opened.

“We received a report about the issue and our officers are on the ground carrying out investigations. We understand that police went to the school to talk to the head and have taken the students involved for questioning. We are still investigating circumstances around the alleged leakage as this becomes the first paper to leak this exam period,” said Ms Dlamini.

Acting Matabeleland North police spokesperson Sergeant Namatirai Mashona could not comment on the issue.

A source at the school told The Chronicle that an Economics teacher, a Mr Mandira, exposed the three pupils.

“The pupils approached their teacher before the exam and asked to be helped to answer some questions. He told them to focus on what he had taught them but after seeing the paper he noticed that all the questions they asked him about were in the question paper.

“The teacher reported the matter to the headmistress who summoned the pupils upon which they said they got the question paper from a WhatsApp group where it had been posted,” said the source.

The school authorities reported the matter to the police who took the pupils for questioning yesterday.

The source said some members of the alleged WhatsApp group started exiting after getting wind about the investigations.

Zimsec has over the years been rocked by exam leakages which saw some papers especially Mathematics being re-written.

This year no reports of exam paper leakages had been recorded after the national examination body put some security measures among them digitalising handling of exams to curb corruption.