ZIMSEC November Exams To Go Ahead This Year – Zim Govt
The Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) November examinations will go ahead as scheduled this year with a possibility of a spillover to early 2022, according to a senior government official.
Speaking to journalists during a post-Cabinet briefing in Harare on Tuesday evening, Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education secretary Tumisang Thabela said school heads convinced the government that not much learning time had been lost to warrant cancelling of public examinations.
"The long and short of it is we have consulted our system, especially the heads of our schools who run our shop floor level.
"They have convinced us that given all the efforts we have made, it is possible to run examinations starting in 2021.
"We might spill over for some of the examinations to the beginning of 2022."
The government decided too that not much time was lost due to COVID-19 restrictions as considering that schools introduced online lessons.
Thabela said, "This year, we have had two sessions, the first session was a whole term, which is about 60 days, this second session has 80 days instead of 60 days, which is your ordinary term, plus a third of that ordinary term.
"If you use simple arithmetic, the children have lost about two-thirds of a term in terms of physical presence at school.
"We believe our learners will be ready, by the way, Zimbabwean learners are hungry for education and the Zimbabwean teacher is always amazing when it comes to trying to get their child ready for their future."
Teachers have called for the postponement of examinations, claiming pupils were not prepared because they had limited learning time. The concern of the teachers is however justified by the fact that some students had no access to online lessons due to the cost of Internet data and lack of Internet enabled gadgets.
Some Teachers are yet to report to schools claiming incapacitation and lack of proper PPE. Some teachers have raised concerns that the classrooms will become Covid 19 superspreaders and this is reflected in the government’s announcement that a total of 14 schoolchildren and 19 teachers had tested positive for COVID-19 since schools reopened last week.