The Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (ZIMTA) and the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) have said learners are not prepared to write public examinations this year as they have not yet finished their syllabuses.
ZIMTA chief executive officer Sifiso Ndlovu said it would be unfair to the learners if Government goes ahead with plans of scheduling the November exams this year as both the learners and the teachers were ill-prepared after losing significant learning time due to the lockdown. He said:
These learners have lost approximately 122 learning days and that means the learners have not covered the syllabi, they have not had the opportunity to revise and prepare for the examinations, neither are the teachers prepared to get the learners into examination mode.
PTUZ president Takavafira Zhou asserted that the only time that pupils will be able to write examinations will be February next year. Said Zhou:
The only time possible for sitting of these exams will be February next year because for learners to be ready for exams, they require at least two to three months of intense learning, it’s important for us to realise that exams are a process, not an event.
Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) board chairperson Eddie Mwenje said examinations will only be written when students have completed the syllabus and when it is safe to do so, even if it means pushing the examinations to December this year or January next year.