The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) has written to the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) requesting an extension of the registration deadline for the 2021 GCE Ordinary and Advanced Level examinations to allow candidates to obtain their national identity cards. ZLHR said in a statement:
We have written to ZIMSEC requesting for an extension of the registration deadline for the 2021 O & A Level examinations to allow candidates to obtain their national identity cards.
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We have also asked ZIMSEC to consider waiving the requirement that candidates sitting for the 2021 O & A Level examinations produce their ID’s and for purposes of identity verification, schools can have recourse to their school identification cards.
Lastly, our lawyer Tinashe Chinox has asked for assurance from ZIMSEC that learners who failed to obtain their national ID’s through no fault of their own, will be allowed to register and sit for their examinations subject to the identity verifications we have proposed.
Tens of thousands of students in all parts of the country who are set to sit for public examinations in November this year do not have IDs that are required for them to register for the examinations.
The government cancelled a special exercise by the Civil Registry Department to allow the students to acquire national identification documents on Saturday, 26 June and Sunday, 27 June 2021 due to COVID-19 fears.
In May, ZIMSEC said the deadline for normal registration is 9 July 2021 and for late entries is 30 July 2021.
However, late entries attract fines of ZWL$1 978.00 per subject for O’ Level students, while A’ Level students will pay ZWL$2 952.00 per subject for late registration.