ZIMSEC Dismiss Reports Saying CALAs Have Been Suspended

The Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (ZIMSEC) has dismissed reports that say the Continuous Assessment Learning Activities (CALAs) have been suspended to at least 2022.

Messages circulating on social media had suggested that ZIMSEC had suspended the CALAs this year due to COVID-19-induced lockdowns. Read the message:

_ZIMSEC HAS DECLARED THAT It’s now guaranteed that (CALAs) Continuous Assessment Learning Activities are not going to proceed this year because of lockdown issues and they are going to start in 2022._


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However, ZIMSEC dismissed the reports as false. Speaking to Pindula News in an interview, an official who spoke on condition of anonymity said:

_That’s misinformation, CALAs are still on._

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The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education revived continuous assessment for public examination classes last year in a bid “to produce a child that can survive in any situation.”

The Ministry observed that learners were now cramming for examinations without understanding the relevance of their studies in real life.

CALA is any learning activity or assessment that requires learners to perform, demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and proficiency.

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31 comments on “ZIMSEC Dismiss Reports Saying CALAs Have Been Suspended

  1. CALA’s are nothing but mere confusion. The government should have brought them atleast beginning of the year 2020,cala’s are just troubling especially us upper6’s now we are being told to do the calas that we should have done in lower6 combined with those for our current level and due date July. We hear the point that the government is trying to produce a student that can work under any situation. But read this carefully “we are not robots”.My point being As far as covid hit hard in other institutions so it did in education as a result we students are far behind our syllabus and this issue of cala’s doesn’t do us any good but wastes our time for studying.Be it the calas are to be introduced they should be put in motion next year….if the government wants to introduce them this year they must target lower six together with form three’s and not us current candidates.

    1. true its very true we are now being pressured for nothing this should stop at least dai vakatanga izvi last year now we are being pressured for nothing this is

  2. cala’s are essential to students so they should do wether they want or not … it’s student’s culture to reject new techniques in learning because they are lazy

    1. If you are a teacher you are honestly illiterate. Writing class students have been given a month to do their Cala projects which honestly isn’t ample time. To top it all of exam stuff are fast approaching. No one is saying they shouldn’t be I introduced, it’s just bad timing. Why want Cala introduced last year when current exam classes where not up for exams. It’s just wrong execution.
      And you thinking it’s laziness is just being blind

      1. Bvisayi CALA iro rakawandisa maTopic apa rinonetsa kunyora koWhy government ichida ukuwedzera zvinhu koVamwe vanhu vaipasa seyi pasina CALA, CALA hatiridi isu , bvisayi

    2. We are not lazy but we just dont have the time for this calas thing , we still need even more time to catch up with our syllabus’s hence calas will just make it harder really. After all corona virus has also slowed down our pase but zimsec is welcome to give calas to those in lower sixth and grade six and also form 3 because they still got time

    3. It’s not the right time. Students are already under pressure. Non is guiding them on how these tasks should be done. Non must deny that fact also.

  3. Yes CALAz should be done but starting from form 5 not from the current candidates thus bringing more pressure on them

  4. Iam a student myself and as my point of view this is nothing much less than more pressure brought upon 2021 candidates this system shld have been brought much earlier during this year right we havent even bee apointed on these calas which thereby forces us to rush things up the following term which has just now been interrupted by the covid 19 pandemic

  5. Yes CALAz should be done but starting from form 5 but not us the current candidates thus bringing more pressure on us

  6. CALAs are mere addition of pressure. There must be introduced to incoming form 4 students and those who are currently in form 4 must have a limited number maybe 2 CALAs because were talking about having ample time to finish a syllabus while trying to make adjustments and fit it the CALA .I do here by wish that you deduct the number of CALAs.The issue has also come as a disturbance for Additional Maths students how dont have teachers to prepare the CALA for them whilst they had worked tirelessly to archive those heights.
    CALAs must not be removed but reduced or tried into certain subjects in order to accomodate the time we have

    1. There is no fee to pay and only you have to do is to go to the nearest school where you want to write your fnl examination and they will give you the questions for free

  7. Sometimes I wonder if these people have kids in schools or they just decide and impose changes that they have no idea how they impact students. Class of 2020 didn’t have enough time to prepare for exams due to the pandemic and class of 2021 isn’t spared either. This CALA thing is said to have been introduced last year and given that there were hardly classes last year and the pandemic is still disrupting classes I don’t understand why the need to add more pressure on the exam classes. Those who think disagreeing with CALA is laziness think again….CALA is not only only on upper classes but primary students too. We haven’t fully wrapped our heads around the new curriculum and class of 2021 grade 7s will have 6 subjects and in comes the CALA during the pandemic pamusoro pazvo no holiday classes. Ngavarege kuda kuisa unnecessary pressure inga ivo with the type of assessment they had back then they are still holding offices wani. Kuti CALA yacho ndiro basa here.

  8. CALAs are right but that will not be fair for the current candidates maybe if they will start next year .. look now there are some students who are going for even like 5 subjects so how can they handle these CALAs , thus where cheating comes from , the components per each CALA are so many though eeey

  9. How does Zimsec going to handle those students who sitting for exams but not attending formal lessons at school as far as CALAs is concerned

  10. Cala are great measure to make sure that students don’t cram and pass but if you look at the upper 6 and the form 4 they never have enough time to complete they syllabus then if you give them the cala it simply means you are now making they life even more complicated, how will they be able to save two masters at the same time?

      1. I say cala should have been told to us Last year
        but now it is to late and we will be writing exams this is to much pressure

  11. at my school we havent even fifnished the syllabus yet they talk of CALAs…this is just increasing pressure on us as students but you understand because you already got your chance when things were much simpler

  12. This is hard to us learners especially on this time of corona virus . lt bring a lot of confusion to learner that are trying to catch up on syllabus as cantidates

  13. Yaaaaa on this issue of CALAs, the rationale is not that students are lazy but the thing is how are we gonna create tym to do these Calas when we are actually failing to find tym to finish our syllabi. It was better if u had introduced these Calas when we were Form 3z and Lower 6.

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ZIMSEC Dismiss Reports Saying CALAs Have Been Suspended