Zimsec And PSC Throw The Ball At Each Other Over Who Pays Invigilation Allowances

Confusion reigns as Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec) and Public Service Commission (PSC) throw the ball at each other over who should pay the national examination invigilators.

Zimsec denied responsibility saying the obligation to pay invigilators fell under the Public Service Commission but Public Service minister Paul Mavima said his ministry had no control over invigilation contracts.

The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) wrote to Zimsec on Monday threatening to boycott the supervision and invigilation of the national examinations if Zimsec was not committed to pay for the services. The national examinations begin on Monday.

In response to demands by PTUZ, on Tuesday, Zimsec director Lazarus Nembaware shifted the responsibility to pay invigilators to the PSC on the basis of a resolution made at a 2019 meeting “where the matter of the invigilation of examinations was addressed by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE)”.

"The forum which was attended by representatives of all teachers unions, MoPSE and Zimsec comprehensively discussed this and other issues to do with teachers who are involved in invigilating examinations, the MoPSE, then represented by chief director J Dewah and Mr P Muzawazi (retired), adjourned the meeting with an undertaking to engage the employer of teachers which is the PSC," Nembaware wrote to PTUZ.

"The responsibility that your letter puts on Zimsec belongs to another entity and we cordially advise you to seek engagement with the relevant authority."

However, Mavima yesterday denied the responsibility, saying:

"Zimsec is administered by the Primary and Secondary Education ministry and the Public Service ministry has no control over the contract between Zimsec and its invigilators."

This kind of confusion, according to PTUZ president Takavafira Zhou, has thrown the invigilation of the national examination into a “quandary”.

"Attempts to prevaricate, change goal posts and shift blame elsewhere are ill-conceived, callous and unfortunate. Such evasiveness and elusiveness, will compound the invigilation process. If the responsibility of running examinations is PSC’s, why are Zimsec officials monitoring the process?" Zhou asked.

Zimbabwe Teachers Association secretary-general Goodwill Taderera added:

"Zimsec is a parastatal on its own. It must be able to run its examinations. If it has contracts with markers then it can do the same with the invigilators.

"They (government authorities) may throw the ball to each other, but the fact remains that teachers want to get paid. Zimsec cannot continue referring to a meeting that was held two years back and has already been overtaken by events."

Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe president Obert Masaraure said Zimsec should pay invigilators “just the same way it pays its examiners and markers”.

Source : NewsDay


Sydney Chako

Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics teacher at Sytech Learning Academy. From Junior Secondary School to Tertiary Level Engineering Mathematics and Engineering Science.

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