The President of the ProgressiveTeachers Union of Zimbabwe, Dr Takavafira Zhou has said that the Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council’s examination registration process is risky and could aid in the spread of coronavirus.
We present his full statement below.
Zimsec Registration a threat to the Spread of Coronavirus
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26 March 2020
Zimsec examination registration process that requires that 9159 school heads travel to Zimsec centres by 30 March 2020 is a threat to their health and safety. In practice, this entails that the majority of these heads would travel for more than 450km to and from centres thereby making them susceptible to corona virus. It is noteworthy that Cambridge has suspended June 2020 examinations because of coronavirus. We are not urging for the suspension of November Zimsec Public Examinations, but the modification of registration process, and if it can’t be modified, postponement of the travel of school heads to Zimsec centres until the threat of coronavirus pandemic subsides.
As Ptuz we have approached Zimsec to abandon their irresponsible and intransigent hardline stance impermeable to reason and facts. However, Zimsec seems to claim that they are also working under a national directive whose source a Zimsec official could not reveal. Ptuz will, therefore, scale-up our appeal to the Minister of Education to consider the health and safety of school heads by ordering Zimsec to abandon the physical travel of school heads. Coronavirus has no cure except social distance.
It is only when school heads are alive that we can continue to talk of them as school heads. The coronavirus doesn’t move, people move it. If we stop moving, the virus may die and stop being transmitted from one mover to another. Similarly, we appeal to informal traders and money changers to temporarily shut down their markets as it is only when we are alive that we can talk of our poverty, economics and finance.
We also urge NASH and NAPH to wake up from their deep slumber and join us in defending the health and safety of school heads. Even the school heads need to speak with one voice in defence of their health and safety. Vakuru vanoti mutambigwi gwinyavo. Coronavirus is real and we can never be seen gambling with life. Prevention is better than cure, and worse still coronavirus has no cure.
Dr Takavafira M. Zhou (Ptuz President)