The government has suspended the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) June 2021 Ordinary and Advanced Level examinations due to disruptions to the school calendar caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The development was announced by the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa during Wednesday’s post-Cabinet briefing in Harare. She said:
Cabinet considered and approved a request for the suspension of the Zimsec June 2021 Ordinary and Advanced Level Examination Session, which was presented by the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education (Cain Mathema).
Cabinet was advised that the Covid-19 pandemic that broke out in 2020 had negatively impacted the timing and cycle of public examinations, with the 2020 Grade 7, O-level and A-level examinations having commenced in early December 2020 and ended in early February 2021, instead of the usual period stretching from October to November of each year.
The delay in writing and the marking of the previous examinations has affected the preparation and the setting of the next examination hence the decision to temporarily suspend the June 2021 examinations.
This suspension of the June 2021 examination session will allow for timely focus on the November examination preparations and aid an effective focus of resources.
Minister Mutsvangwa said the government will make arrangements to ensure that candidates who wanted to write in June are accommodated in November.