The Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (ZIMSEC) on Tuesday suspended the setting of examination papers after examiners downed tools over a payment dispute.
Over 100 examiners, mostly teachers, who were camped at the Chinhoyi University of Technology, rejected the $4 000 payment offer which they deemed too little for the 12 days they were supposed to work.
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The teachers were set to prepare questions for compilation into examination papers for future use by ZIMSEC.
They reportedly demanded to be paid the equivalent of US$300 that they had been receiving in previous years.
ZIMSEC communications director Nicollet Dhlamini confirmed the suspension of the exercise, saying this, however, will not affect this year’s examinations as they had already been set. Said Dhlamini:
The issue of money was raised, but it could not be resolved immediately as it meant that there was a need to renegotiate their contracts.
All the teachers who were doing item writing had contracts, but they demanded more and we had no option, but to stop the exercise.
… This year’s examinations were set already and this development will not have any effect on them. The items were for future examinations.
The 2020 public examinations commence on 1 December after exam classes resumed lessons on 28 September.
Grade 7 and Advanced Level examinations will be completed this year while Ordinary Level exams will spill over into January 2021.