The government is yet to make a decision on whether the June 2020 Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) will go ahead as scheduled.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Tumisang Thabela said it is premature to talk about postponing the exams while the country is still in lockdown.
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Thabela added that the Ministry will only be able to advise on the way forward at the end of the 21-day lockdown period.
Meanwhile, ZIMSEC said the window to register for the exams has since been extended to accommodate learners who might have been inconvenienced by the government’s stay-at-home orders. It said in a statement:
Zimsec, like any other institution, is not privy to what will happen after the 21 days of the lockdown but would like its valued stakeholders to know that a window for the registration for November 2020 examinations will be provided when the lockdown is lifted.
Zimbabwe’s schools were closed prematurely after the government banned public gatherings across the country to curb the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
On 30 March, the government imposed a 21-day national lockdown, to limit movements and, therefore, curtail the spread of the virus.