ZIMSEC brews exam crisis

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HARARE – The Zimbabwe Schools Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) is brewing a national crisis in the management of 2020 examinations.

By Staff writer

TSTnews news learnt that the examination administration board informed school heads to submit details of candidates via the Internet by 9th April 2020 despite the lockdown.

School authorities who spoke to TSTnews on condition of anonymity for fear of being punished bemoaned facing insurmountable challenges ranging from technical to logistical issues.

Most schools have no access to the Internet especially in rural areas forcing school administrators to risk their lives walking long distances and traveling to Internet cafes defying lockdown regulations.

Urban and rural schools had not finalised modalities of registration due to early closure of first term and parents had not yet paid exorbitant examination fees citing economic challenges.

Most learners are risking failing to write their examinations because of poor management by ZIMSEC.

Schoolheads interviewed by TSTnews implored the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Ambassador Cain Mathema to intervene and postpone the deadline.

“Morning may all school O and A level candidates only who haven’t come register today, deadline is 8th April Wednesday at Msiteli High School. Pass message to others please,” reads a WhatsApp message circulating in Bulawayo allegedly from Msiteli High School.