Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Paul Mavima has said that the November Zimsec Science practical examinations will proceed as planned despite concerns from teachers in rural areas. The Amalgamated Rural Teachers of Zimbabwe (Artuz) had argued that it will be grossly unfair as some schools do not have science laboratories and some students would be seeing apparatus for the first time in the exams. However Mavima said,
Such fears are unfounded that the science examination practical paper is not well catered for. Such kind of talk that the examinations must be suspended is only aimed at sowing despondence. It is true that in some schools in the rural areas laboratories might not exist in the physical form but science material will be available. As government, we have disbursed science kits in schools which contain all the requisite science apparatus. We are also going to avail all the needed material to all the schools during the times of examinations. Every school, especially those in the rural areas, will be given science kits.
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