THREE Kwekwe teachers have appeared in court accused of conniving to let their friend sit an O-Level Maths exam for his girlfriend. The Zideco College teachers, Canaan Gombe, Wellington Masiiwa and Courage Nyathi, whose ages were not given, appeared before Gweru magistrate Musaiona Shotgame for contravening the Zimsec Act.
The three pleaded not guilty and were remanded out of custody to March 11 on $50 bail each. Prosecuting, Munyaradzi Guvheya told the court that in November last year, the three connived to write a Zimsec Mathematics Paper Two examination for Gombe’s girlfriend, Lyn Chenesai Charumbira.
Guvheya said Gombe, who is a Mathematics teacher, approached Masiiwa and Nyathi who were invigilating and asked to see the examination paper.
“He went and wrote the paper and brought a draft answer sheet which he handed to Charumbira who then copied all the answers to her answer sheet using her own handwriting so that she would not be suspected,” said Guvheya.
The court heard that Charumbira accidentally attached the answers she was given by Gombe to her answer sheet and submitted it to the invigilator. Guvheya said the matter came to light when a marker discovered two answer sheets written in different handwritings prompting Zimsec to launch investigations that led to the trio’s arrest.
According to the Zimsec Act, any person who reveals contents of any examination material to an unauthorised person or anyone who seats or offers or attempts to present himself at an examination with the intention of impersonating another person faces up to one year in jail.