Primary and Secondary Education Deputy Minister Edgar Moyo has said his Ministry was working with the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) to come up with Ordinary and Advanced Level examination fees agreeable to both the examinations board and parents.
Moyo added that the new exam fees will be announced soon and that parents who had already paid fees announced by ZIMSEC recently (and reversed by the government) should be refunded. He said:
Initially, the actual examination fee was pegged at $190 per subject (O-level) but we later learnt that some parents could not afford to pay due to current economic challenges which is why the ministry reverted to the 2015 fees of $15 per subject while in the process of coming up with the exact examination fee that will also assist Zimsec board in preparation of the examinations.
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No one has exact information or time frame on the outcome but what can be hazarded for now is that pupils that had already paid $190 for June examinations will be refunded their monies. We have asked the Government and various financing models to intervene and see how much they are willing to assist as a means to compensate the Zimsec board.
Meanwhile, ZIMSEC public relations officer Nicky Dlamini refused to comment on the issue of refunds. She encouraged parents to wait for the new exam fees.