Jail for Burundi head teacher busted sitting student’s exam

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By Lorlornyofm August 15, 2018 09:23

Jail for Burundi head teacher busted sitting student’s exam

Benjamin Manirambona said he was writing the exam on behalf of a soldier who had been deployed to Somalia

A court in Burundi has sentenced a head teacher to five years in prison for trying to disguise himself as a student and sit a national exam on another person’s behalf.

Benjamin Manirambona was also banned from teaching or holding any public office for 10 years.

Plain-clothes policemen arrested him on Friday after acting on a tip-off as he took the exam in a school uniform.

The officers had staked out the school overnight, waiting to catch him.

With nowhere to run, Manirambona, the head of Butere Technical College in the capital Bujumbura, admitted to the deception on the spot.

He explained he was taking the electronics exam on behalf of a soldier who is serving in Somalia as part of a Burundian peacekeeping force.

He said the student wanted the grades to qualify for university.

The soldier promised him a payment on his return to Burundi, Manirambona added.

Lazard Nihezagire (L), Eric Nkurunziza (middle) and Benjamin Manirambona
Image captionSchool teacher Lazard Nihezagire (L) and accountant Eric Nkurunziza (middle) have also been jailed

Burundi’s Education Minister Janvière Ndirahisha, who arrived at the scene on Friday with uniformed officers, dismissed Manirambona’s explanation.

“Everything you’re saying is a lie, so we’re taking you away… we’re going to investigate because from what we hear it’s not the first time [you’ve done this],” she told him.

His two accomplices, school accountant Eric Nkurunziza and teacher Lazard Nihezagire, have been given prison sentences of two years each and have been banned from holding any public office for five years.

The two were found guilty of covering up for the headmaster.

Four students also suspected of cheating, including one accused of putting the soldier and headmaster in touch, were released without charge.

In Burundi, students taking important public exams are sent to sit them in other schools. This explains why Manirambona was not recognised by other people in the exam hall.

Source: BBC

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