Head teacher arrested for impersonating student in exam scam.


A COMMUNITY head teacher has been arrested for personation, forgery and uttering of false document after he presented himself as a GCE candidate in an attempt to write examinations for another person.

Nathan Sikabole, a registered candidate for the GCE English Examinations was scheduled to sit for the exams, however 34-year-old Christopher Lwele Head teacher at Kwashamukwenu Community School in Matero decided to sit for the exams on behalf of Mr Sikabole.

Mr Lwele is believed to have been paid a K1, 000 by Mr Sikabole, who also forged a National Registration Card for Mr Lwele so that he could sit for his exams.

Mr Sikabole is believed to have managed to forge the documents as he is an employee at the National Registration office in Kabompo district.

Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the incident occurred on Tuesday, August 8th at Kaunda Square Secondary school in Munali area of Lusaka.

He said the incident was reported by the Head Teacher at Kaunda Square Secondary School.

“Brief facts of the matter are that on the July 31st, 2023, the Head Teacher received intelligence information regarding a GCE candidate named Nathan Sikabole, who was registered for two subjects: English and Civic Education, that he had hired someone to write the exam on his behalf. The Head Teacher conducted a background check on the registration process and obtained a facial image of the candidate,” he said.

Mr Hamoonga said the head teacher put a red alert on the name in preparation for the exam date and informed the Provincial Education Office.

“The person was allowed to enter the exam room and write the exam. However, it was later discovered that this individual was not the same person who originally registered as Nathan Sikabole. Officials from the Provincial Education Office were called in, and they identified the male person as Christopher Lwele, aged 34, the Head Teacher at Kwashamukwenu Community Primary School in Matero,” he said.

Mr Hamoonga said a case docket has been opened, and Mr Lwele has been arrested and detained at Chelston Police Station.
He added that Preliminary investigations have revealed that Mr Lwele was paid K1,000 to write the examination on behalf of Mr Sikabole, who is an employee at the National Registration Office in Kabompo District.



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