MUSIC’ TV SHOW PRESENTER NAMED AND SHAMED IN AAT EXAM SCANDAL
Well known for announcing that aspiring music contestants don’t stand a chance of proceeding to the next stage, Btv’s My Star presenter Sethunya Sebadireng got a taste of her own medicine when the Botho College management suspended her for exam misconduct last week.
Sebadireng an Association of Accounting Technician (AAT) student who was scheduled to complete her studies and graduate in May this year also faces a possible life time ban from practicing a profession related to accounting.
The 21-year old TV personality was suspended after the school authorities acting on a tip-off discovered that she had hired another student to write on her behalf.
Botho College student representative public relations officer Kago Mangina, revealed that they were still shell shocked by the behavior of the AAT celebrity student whom they regarded as a ‘shining ambassador’ of the school.
“I can confirm that indeed she is suspended from school after she was found out to be an exam cheat. What has been established is that she didn’t write her exams but instead engaged another student to write on her behalf hoping to claim the results as hers,” said Mangina.
He further disclosed that the student who was hired to write on behalf of the Btv ‘Star’ has also been sent packing.
Mangina further explained: “AAT is written online and invigilators only require the registered student’s Omang number to verify that they indeed wrote the exams.
This provided a loophole for her to send another student with her identity card to the exam room hoping that she would then claim her results later on without having broken into a sweat,” he said.
The exam fraud, Mangina said was highly regrettable as it was likely to cause bad publicity for the institution.
Meanwhile Director Education and Quality Assurance Ananth Ram confirmed having suspended not only Sebadireng but six other students too, for what he termed ‘exam misconduct’.
Ram however refused to disclose their names and how long they were suspended for.
“These are student’s lives and I wouldn’t want you to destroy their lives. It’s a group of students about seven of them but I won’t disclose the type of exam misconduct.
We have dealt with them and they are on suspension,” said Ram. He said they have so far started investigations and parents of the affected students have already been notified.
Pressed to clarify allegations that one of the lectures was involved in the misconduct as well, Ram said there was no way lectures could be involved since the exams are prepared in the United Kingdom and written on-line.
Botho College has since reported the matter to AAT in the UK and is awaiting their final decision.
Ram revealed that in most cases of exam fraud, AAT would ban the involved candidate from practicing a profession related to their programme.
Sebadireng’s two phones have been switched off since news of the fraud started circulating.
Contacted for comment, her mother who stays in Palapye, Tebogo Sebadireng said she was not aware of the news.
“I am not aware and Sethunya has not yet informed me,” Tebogo said