Serial exam cheat caught red-handed


Nqobile Tshili/ Allen Khumalo, Chronicle Correspondents
A 22-YEAR-OLD woman was caught writing a Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) Ordinary Level Mathematics examination for another candidate at Irisvale Secondary School in Matabeleland South’s Umzingwane District on Monday.

The alleged exam cheat, Portia Nyamukondiwa who resides in Bulawayo was spotted by an alert invigilator who fished her out of the examination room after recognising her from previous years.

She has since been arrested for academic fraud.

It has emerged that it was not her first time being involved in the same scam. It was however, not established whom she was writing the examination for.

Sources at the school said Nyamukondiwa confessed that in the past she connived with the former school head to write the Mathematics examination for other candidates for a fee.

“She was spotted by an alert female invigilator who got suspicious after recognising her face from previous sittings. The invigilator informed her colleagues leading to Nyamukondiwa being fished out of the examination room,” said a source.

The source said school authorities quickly called the police who interrogated her and she confessed that she is paid $100 for writing a public examinations paper for someone.

“She said it was her third time writing an examination for someone. At one point she obtained a B symbol for her client and last year she obtained a D symbol for her other client,” the source said.

Zimsec spokesperson Ms Nicky Dlamini said the authority has been notified about the incident and investigations were in progress.

“I can confirm that we have received a report pertaining to that issue. Investigations are still in progress so I cannot say much about the issue at the moment,” said Ms Dlamini.

She warned members of the public to desist from attempting to cheat by writing examinations on behalf of other people.

Ms Dlamini said those found cheating while writing examinations are banned from sitting for any public examination for two years and will also have a criminal record.

She said what this means is that the culprit will have to go back to the classroom because the new curriculum demands continuous assessment.

“We also implore candidates not to be duped into buying fake examination papers being sold on the streets,” said Ms Dlamini.


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  • sigodo

    How many have done it and are not caught? Leaking system: mend it!

  • Wellington

    No wonder the country is in shambles, those who you see higher up there holding influential positions but their institutions failing, its the same case. just like PHDs obtained in 3months

    • Maphila Samuel Nhlabatsi

      Why don’t you or your kids go fruit picking then you can report back on what a wonderful career opportunity it is.

  • Nkunzemnyama

    Is she the one wrote on behalf of Chiwenga – for his dubious doctorate?

    • Maphila Samuel Nhlabatsi

      “Don`t die of ignorance”

  • Essexvale

    How can the report claim that the person she wrote for is unknown? The first requirement when writing exams is to affix one’s name at the top of the examination sheet.

  • Mixed Race

    There are too many unemployable graduates within our system with fake certificates.The system is rotten and corrupted to the teeth.Education,economics and other infrastructures are all dead.What next??????

  • makhosi

    “Serial” my foot

    • Maphila Samuel Nhlabatsi

      you mean your cracked sole foot, from years of walking bare footed in thorns infested forests looking for “Amaganu, Umviyo, Umkhomo le nofi”.

  • Themba

    My question is, Did she refund the person the money for the exam she obtained a D. She cant expect to keep a whole $100 for such a poor showing!