Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Paul Mavima has said that there the grading system used by the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) needs to be reviewed as the education system is producing too many failures. The minister argues that this not an accurate reflection of Zimbabwe’s education system. In an interview with the weekly publication, The Standard, Mavima said:
Oh yes, I believe we did well. If you were to look at the statistics from Zimsec, you will realise that the performance of our students in English had improved tremendously. There are circumstances which caused this.
Yes, I have issues with the pass rate itself, it’s so low and I believe it’s not a true reflection of our education system as a country. I am of the view that we need to change the way we grade. We cannot have 75% of our O’Level students failing to progress further just because of the way we grade them. We will need to look at that anomaly.
The education system should not be there to produce more failures than those who pass, we need to review that so that we accord people according to the skills and ability not only based on an elitist scheme which talks to Mathematics, English and Science as important subjects. We need to review that.
We have to look at the grading system so that we look at those with extraordinary skills such as farming, technical skills as opposed to focus only on those with academic ability. The thrust of any Education System should be to produce people that respond to the needs of society at any particular time. Our economy has drastically changed.
More: Read The Full Interview In The Standard