ZIMSEC Announces Provisional Dates For June Exams

The Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) has provisionally postponed the start of the June 2020 examinations by a month.

This was revealed by ZIMSEC board chair, Professor Eddie Mwenje, who said the decision was reached by senior officials of the exams body at a meeting on Friday.

The tentative dates were subject to change depending on the position taken by Government at the end of the lockdown period on May 3. Said Mwenje:

We met on Friday and managed to check the level of preparedness by Zimsec and they have completed the printing of the papers for the June examinations.

We can say that they are ready to stage the examinations. What we have advised them to do is to push the starting date by two to four weeks.

So, we advised Zimsec to consider pushing the exams by a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of four weeks so that it does not clash with other lessons for the November examinations.

Instead of the exams beginning late May, they may be pushed to begin mid-June. Although there is no extension for the June examinations registration, we are considering pushing the dates. We also spoke of social distancing during these examinations.

However, all this is also subject to Government pronouncement on May 3 when the current lockdown ends.

Meanwhile, the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) president Dr Takavafira Zhou said teachers have no problem with the position announced by ZIMSEC since pupils had enough time to prepare for the exams.

More: Sunday News

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5 comments on “ZIMSEC Announces Provisional Dates For June Exams

  1. I doubt if you guys understand the gravity of the novel coronavirus? Lockdown is not meant to eradicate the spread but rather teaching us the new normal way of living. If you are mentally incapacitated just benchmark with countries like SA, UK and others.

  2. We are not sure if candidates have had adequate preparations for the examinations and are we certain we wont expose the children if we gather them earlier. We hear Gaborone closed schools for 6 months to make children are safe. Why not postpone?

  3. You guys are really mad .How can you be talking about exams in Zim when world class countries are not trying to temper with the lives of children even our own neighbours South Africa has no thoughts on the education sector at this terrible period in time when people are dying. How can you talk of social distance during exams when you know as much that even our doctors in hospitals don’t have protective wear so how are you going to protect the kids

  4. I think what should be done on education sector is that people must close schools for this and next year, if things are okay, if a student was form 3 in 2020 in 2021 he/she must be form 3

  5. As much as exams have to take place consider the students’ lives. With the current economy chances are high that measures to ensure their safety will be of poor class. The police alone are at risk. Come on guys

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