Cheating head teacher jailed in Burundi - 6 months ago, 14 Aug 14:00
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 at 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.
Burundi's Education Minister Janvière Ndirahisha, ...
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