Swakop teacher arrested for leaking exam answers to learner
16 Aug 2014 15:20pm
SWAKOPMUND, 16 AUG (NAMPA) A teacher at the Atlantic Junior Secondary School in Swakopmund was arrested on 08 August 2014 for allegedly leaking a Grade 10 examination question paper and answers to a learner.
Michael Cloete was charged with theft, and spent that weekend in police custody before his appearance in the Swakopmund Magistrates Court last Monday.
Confirming the incident to Nampa on Saturday, Detective Inspector John Mwatongwe of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at Walvis Bay said the case was withdrawn that same Monday.
The school management and the Directorate of Education decided to withdraw the case from court and deal with it internally, said the detective.
Mwatongwe said school authorities became suspicious after the suspected learner suddenly got a distinction in that specific subject, which remains unknown at this stage.
It could not be established whether Cloete denied or accepted the allegations.
The learner was confronted by the school management to say where he got the answers from as it was exactly as the official answer sheet used by teachers for marking purposes.
Police said the learner, whose age and name cannot be mentioned as he is under the age of 18, apparently revealed that Cloete gave him the question paper and answers.
Following this revelation, the school principal laid a charge of theft against Cloete at the Mondesa Police Station.