Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Professor Paul Mavima has said that the 2017 Zimsec Ordinary Level English Paper II Examination will be rewritten after it was established that the papers were leaked and that there was widespread cheating. The Minister blamed social media for facilitating the cheating and said that the marking process had validated the claim that there had been cheating
The exam will be reset and candidates will have to rewrite on Friday 16 February from 1000hrs to 1200hrs. All candidates are required to report to the 2017 exam centres for the exam.
The examinations body has also suspended the release of the 2017 Ordinary Level results until the re-writing and re-marking of the exams. Candidates who were discovered to have cheated in the last exam have been banned from the new examination. Zimsec has already nullified the results for all subjects and all students at Nagle House School in Marondera after students were caught cheating. Some of the students from the school have been arrested and the case is still pending at the courts.
More than 260 000 students will be affected by this unprecedented turn of events.