In an incident that will put the Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec) into disrepute, a Marirangwe Primary School deputy head Lyson Sithole lost the English Paper 1 examination scheduled to be written last Monday after it fell off his motor bike when he had gone to collect them from Sacred Heart High School centre.
Close to the 12 km peg, Sithole who was tying the papers on the back of his motorcycle, checked the papers only to realise that they were missing.
He said he made an immediate U-turn, checking the papers along the road but in vain and he immediately made a police report at Rutenga Police Station.
The papers were picked up by a 16 year old passer-by identified as Lackson Gumbo who resides at Guramatunhu along the Rutenga-Boli road who then informed the authorities.
The District Schools Inspector (DSI) Lackson Zanamwe, Schools Inspector Philip Gumbo, Sithole, the police and TellZim News reporter immediately rushed to the scene.
The papers were recovered and were still sealed and the passer-by who picked them up said he took the papers for safe keeping while he alerted the authorities.
Zanamwe regretted the incident but expressed gratification that the papers were found intact without any sign of tempering on them.
“This is the worst unfortunate incident we do not tolerate but we are a bit happy as you can see for yourself that the paper is intact and nothing was tempered with,” said Zanamwe.
Owing to the delays in recovering the papers, the examination which was scheduled to start at 9:00 am was delayed by about an hour.