VICTORIA FALLS – Police have charged 15 pupils from a school in Hwange after an Advanced Level examination paper was leaked on a WhatsApp group.
Matabeleland North police say the 15 – all from Gebhuza Secondary School – had prior access to eight of the 12 questions for Economics Paper III which pupils countrywide sat on Monday.
Sergeant Namatirai Mashona of Matabeleland North police said the pupils had been charged with revealing the contents of examination material prior to the exam, unlawful access to examination material and engaging in fraud or dishonest conduct with regards to the exam.
They were released on summons to finish writing their exams.
The Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council, which has been rocked by question paper leaks in the past, said it has dispatched its officials to the school to assess the extent of the leak and trace its origins.
The questions were reportedly shared on two WhatsApp groups at the school.
Police say they have identified one student who received the first page of the question paper on Sunday night before sharing it with two others on WhatsApp. It later spread to WhatsApp groups with hundreds of members.
“Those two other pupils went to school just before 8AM where they shared with other pupils. While they were still sharing, the Economics teacher approached them and checked the questions. He advised them not to rely on WhatsApp messages,” Sergeant Mashona said, according to The Chronicle.
The teacher suddenly realised that the questions which the pupils were sharing were the actual examination paper when the question papers were opened and the exam started at 9AM on Monday. Police were called.-zimlive