Acting Bulawayo Provincial Education Director (PED) Mrs Olicah Kaira told The Chronicle that thery have launched an investigation to look into matter raised by parents concerning a Zimbabwe School Examination Council (Zimsec) Grade Seven General Paper 1 examination which was written on Monday.
Some parents took to social media alleging that the paper had some spelling mistakes and ambiguity when it came to choices for answers. Kaira said that the probe will enable her to advise Zimsec and her Ministry accordingly. Said Kaira:
I can confirm that pupils wrote the examination on Monday. It was the first paper that was written. I’ve seen and read the message that is circulating on WhatsApp. I’m yet to verify. I’ve got the question paper, I will go through the paper and establish if there are any concerns then I will advise the Permanent Secretary (Dr Sylvia Utete-Masango) and Zimsec.
However, Zimsec’s public relations officer Ms Nicky Dlamini defended the examination paper and said that it had answers. She also urged people to use relevant communication channels and not WhatsApp. Said Dlamini:
The questions do have answers. It’s a multiple choice question paper. At the level of a Grade Seven if you look at the way they are taught there is an answer to the question that they were asked. The first thing I will inform the nation is that remember that Grade Seven examinations started on Monday so we are actually in a live examination. So basically what the public is doing, they are causing panic for the students who are writing the examination. If there is a genuine concern, there are proper professional ways of addressing these concerns.
Dr. Sylvia Janet Utete-Masango is a Zimbabwean politician and the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education. Read More About Sylvia Utete-Masango
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