Former Higher Education Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo has criticised the High Court’s ruling against Primary and Secondary Education Minister Professor Paul Mavima’s decision to order a rewrite for the 2017 Ordinary Level English Paper 2 after it emerged the paper had leaked.
High Court judge Justice Loice Matanda Moyo sitting with Justice Priscilla Munangati-Manongwa reversed the decision by the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) to order a rewrite for the 2017 Ordinary Level English Paper 2 saying it was inconsiderate. However, the court said that it cannot condone criminality as cheating had indeed taken place and confirmed the decision to nullify the results for the English Language paper 2. In a welcome development for most students, the resit for the paper which was supposed to take place on Friday has been cancelled and the students will be graded on the results of English Paper 1 only.
However Jonathan Moyo who is in self imposed exile following Operation Restore Legacy believes the High Court ruling is worse than Mavima’s order to rewrite the exam. Moyo believes those who were caught cheating should have been punished while the others are graded on both paper 1 and 2. Speaking on micro-blogging website Twitter, Moyo said:
The Court’s order agrees with Minister Mavhima that ALL Paper 2 results can’t stand. This is irrational as all cheats were caught. The Court’s order to substitute Paper 2 results with Paper 1 results is worse than Mavhima’s order to rewrite Paper 2 & damages ZIMSEC beyond repair!
The Court's order agrees with Minister Mavhima that ALL Paper 2 results can't stand. This is irrational as all cheats were caught. The Court's order to substitute Paper 2 results with Paper 1 results is worse than Mavhima's order to rewrite Paper 2 & damages ZIMSEC beyond repair! https://t.co/larudG5km5
— Prof Jonathan Moyo (@ProfJNMoyo) February 14, 2018
However, Moyo’s criticism may not be against the ruling itself but against Justice Matanda-Moyo who is the wife to Foreign Affairs Minister Sibusiso Moyo who was one of the leaders of the military intervention.
Jonathan Moyo is a Zimbabwean politician and former member of the ZANU-PF party where he was a member of the party's Politiburo. He is also the former minister of Higher and Tertiary Education. Moyo was expelled from Parliament as the (Tsholotsho North) Legislator in November... Read More About Jonathan Moyo
Loice Matanda Moyo is a Zimbabwean lawyer and a judge of the High Court of Zimbabwe. She was appointed by the then President Robert Mugabe in 2013. Justice Loice Matanda Moyo was sworn in on the 14th of July 2014, by Robert Mugabe. Before her... Read More About Loice Matanda Moyo
The Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) is an autonomous parastatal under the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education. ZIMSEC was setup as a result of the 1994, Zimbabwe School Examinations Council Act. Amoung other reasons, the examinations were localised to ensure the end of colonial... Read More About Zimbabwe School Examinations Council