Exam cheat nabbed

HARARE - A Harare man who attempted to scam the Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council’s invigilating system by writing an exam on behalf of another student has been nabbed.

The 23-year-old man from Glen Norah, who tutors mathematics, was arrested on Monday for taking the Ordinary Level Mathematics Paper II examination on November 1 in place of another person.

He almost got away with it after duping invigilators who had somehow allowed him to sit for the exam.

However, a student he teaches in one of his private classes identified him during the exam and alerted authorities, leading to his arrest.

It was not clear yesterday whether he had accepted payment to take the test but police spokesperson Charity Charamba said falsifying one’s identity and cheating had no place in society.  She hinted that at times, the country’s invigilating system had loopholes which allowed cheaters to dupe the system and go scot-free.

“Those charged with invigilation of exams should make thorough verifications before allowing private students to sit for exams,” Charamba said.

Meanwhile, the police have expressed concern over rising cases involving murder.

This was on the back of a 10-year-old boy who was murdered in Hlabathini Village, Matabeleland North, on November 11 by his step father who beat him with clenched fists and struck him on the head.

The accused, a 49-year-old reportedly returned from a beer drinking jaunt and was informed that his step son had stolen three eggs which he boiled and ate.

“The man was irritated and assaulted the boy using clenched fists on his face,” Charamba said.

"He also struck the boy with a twelve volt solar battery on the head and he collapsed and died.”

In another case which occurred in Manyeza Village, Jotsholo, on November 4, a 41-year-old woman was found dead in a suspected murder case.

Charamba said a suspect was arrested and confessed to having murdered the woman with an axe.

She said law enforcement agents were urging members of the public entangled in disputes to resolve their differences amicably without necessarily resorting to violence.

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