Tutor gets 140 hours community service for writing maths exam for student

A HWANGE Maths tutor, who tried to write examinations for a student, who had failed the subject several times, was yesterday
slapped with 140 hours of community service for contravening the Zimbabwe School Examinations Act .

By SILAS NKALA

Ernest Mpofu (29) of Raylton, pleaded guilty to the charge when he appeared before Hwange magistrate, Portia Mhlanga Moyo. The magistrate convicted and sentenced him to four months in jail, which was wholly suspended on condition he performed 140 hours of community service at St George Primary School starting from November 2.

Mpofu had tried to write the examination paper for Rebecca Matunge.

When asked why he did that he said: “I just wanted to assist Rebecca, as she had written on several occasions and kept on failing.”

Rebecca was also seen at the courts asking officials when Mpofu would be released. Prosecutor Onias Nyathi told the court
that the complainant in the case was the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council represented by Ellen Simpande a deputy headmistress at Nechibili High School in Dete.

On August 2015, Mpofu in the company of Rebecca, went to the school where they both registered to sit for 2015 ordinary level
Mathematics calculator and non-calculator examination, which was to be held countrywide during October this year.

Prior to the examinations sitting, Mpofu,who is a mathematics tutor, approached Rebecca, suggesting that he would sit for
the examination on her behalf. On October 26 the two went to the school and sat for the mathematics examination. Mpofu,however, entered Rebecca’s particulars and candidate number 3071 on his answer sheets.

The offence was discovered at the end of the examination when the invigilator, Saneliso Madzivanyika and Simpande were collecting the answer sheets leading to Mpofu’s arrest.

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