No Changes Yet To Public Exams Schedule – Zim Govt
No changes yet to Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) public examinations schedule, says the Zimbabwean government as it also promises to continue monitoring the situation in schools in light of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Primary and Secondary Education ministry spokesperson Taungana Ndoro yesterday said: "We will announce in due course after deliberations to see what is on the ground whether there might be changes or no need for changes."
However, teachers have been calling for the government to postpone the "November" examinations to next year on the reasoning that pupils are not prepared for the examinations due to time lost to Covid-19 lockdown.
The teachers have also threatened industrial action due to incapacitation as the government has continually failed to raise their salaries above the poverty threshold level.
According to the Zimsec normal calendar, examinations should start end of next month and some teachers argue that learners have only been in school for four months this year, so they are far from prepared.
Zimsec spokesperson Nicky Dlamini confirmed that the examination timetable hasn’t yet been changed since they were waiting for the Ministry of Education to give guidance on the way forward.
"We are waiting for the ministry to give guidance when the syllabus is going to be completed and assessed. At the moment there is no change on the examination timetable," Dlamini said.
The government has agreed to provide a 55% subsidy on examination fees for candidates at public and mission schools.
The subsidy, however, was restricted to seven subjects at Ordinary Level and up to three for Advanced Level. The deadline for normal entries was July 9, with July 30 set as the deadline for late entries.
Source : Newsday