The Government has set aside $1.7 billion towards the administration of the 2021 Zimbabwe School Examination Council (ZIMSEC) examinations.
This means that the government will pay 55 per cent of the examination fees for every candidate, with parents and guardians only required to pay 45 per cent.
The 55 per cent subsidy per learner is more than the 53 per cent that Government committed last year.
In 2020, Government released $150 million to ZIMSEC to subsidise fees for those learning at Government schools, local authority and not-for-profit mission schools.
In a statement, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Cain Mathema said Government’s intervention will ensure that all eligible school candidates in public schools will be able to register for this year’s exams. Said Mathema:
As a ministry, we are indeed grateful that the Government, under the leadership and guidance of His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde Mnangagwa has committed a grant of $1,7 billion for the administration of public examinations in Zimbabwe for 2021.
This commendable gesture will go a long way in ensuring the affordability of examination fees.
The contribution ratio of 55 per cent for Government and 45 per cent for parents and guardians for pupils in public schools will ease the burden on parents and guardians whose incomes have been negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
This timely intervention by the Government paves way for the registration of all eligible school candidates in public schools for the 2021 ZIMSEC examinations.