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Minister told to resign over exam leaks
20/11/2013 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter
 
The minister must resign ... Settlement Chikwinya
 
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MDC-T legislator for Mbizo, Settlement Chikwinya, has told education minister Lazarus Dokora to resign over the endless leaks of examination papers around the country.

Speaking after a ministerial statement in Parliament by Dokora on Wednesday, Chikwinya said the education ministry was not being run competently.

“Madam Speaker the doctrine of accountability states that the head is responsible for the system which he superintends,” said Chikwinya

“We have gone for so many years, year in year out examination papers leak at Zimsec and I believe, madam speaker, it is not enough to arrest the perpetrators; I believe it is not enough to fire (school) heads and ministry officials.

“A decent minister, a minister who respects his own call of duty would resign under such circumstances. We have had a minister of the Zimbabwean government who has resigned under such circumstances I am sure that he was serious.”

The late Edmund Garwe resigned as education minister in 1996 after his daughter was found in possession of exam papers she had accessed at home.

Responding to Chikwinya’s motion, Dokora said it was the duty of everyone to help maintain integrity in the schools examination system.

“Indeed we must all of us be part of call of duty to maintain the integrity of our system. Further details will be provided once the details are complete. Let me wait for the complete report,” he said.

Under Zimsec, the country’s examination body, examination papers for grade 7 pupils, Ordinary level and Advanced level students have been leaking over the years.



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