By Ackel Zwane | 2018-01-13
After a long wait with abated breath, results of Manzini Infant Practising School were released yesterday after the Examinations Council of Swaziland had withheld them over a query with the Consumer Science (Home Economics) paper.
The school, whose results shows that they were one of the best performing in Standard Five results last year is headed by Jabulile Nkambule, the wife to Teaching Service Commission (TSC) Executive Secretary Mduduzi Nkambule.
Nkambule was once suspended and charged for allegations of nepotism which involved amongst other issues the promotion of his wife to the position of principal at this school.
The school’s Deputy Principal Siphiwe Maga-gula confirmed that the Examination Council has released their results.
She said they were first called by the council to say that they were not happy with the planning section of the Consumer Science examination. The paper was subdivided into three sections; and the other two are theory and practicals.
“We do not know how the examinations council operates but we were called today (yesterday) to collect the results and were very relieved and happy that our hard work had paid off,” Magagula said.
She disclosed that there were high levels of commitment on the part of staff and learners who began lessons as early as 7am until 4pm in the afternoon of every day.
They also came for lessons during holidays and Saturdays. To top it all parents were supporting of the initiative through and through even after the results were withheld Magagula said the parents came to comfort the teachers and prayed together with them for the release of the results.
“We thank God for listening to our prayers.”
Four other schools results had been withheld for suspected malpractice.
When Examination Council Registrar Dr. Edmund Mazibuko was called yesterday, he confirmed that even though he was working far from office, the council team had met yesterday to decide on the fate of the Standard Five results, whose results had been withheld.
“I am going to get proper feedback on Monday, but I am sure that a decision involving all the schools was taken, hence they were called to collect their results. I will be able to give a proper report when I get back to office early in the week, where I will reveal what our investigations discovered and what decisions were taken,” he said.
The Observer on Saturday gathered even though unconfirmed reports that the part for Manzini Infant Practising which was considered to be suspicious was not considered, hence the results were re-adjusted.
Dr Mazibuko said Form Three results which had been withheld would be sorted soon as well, so that pupils can be in a position to know their fate and be in the position to look for spaces on time before the schools re-open the following week.
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