The government does not anticipate any changes to the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) public examinations schedule following disruption to the school calendar caused by the COVID-19, an official has said.
Primary and Secondary Education Ministry spokesperson Taungana Ndoro on Thursday said they will continue monitoring the situation in schools. Said Ndoro:
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We will announce in due course after deliberations to see what is on the ground whether there might be changes or no need for changes.
Examination classes were ordered to recommence on 30 August while the rest of the grades will be back in school on 6 September. Schools will close on 17 December.
Several unions representing teachers have been calling for the postponement of the examinations to next year arguing that pupils were not prepared for the examinations.
ZIMSEC spokesperson Nicky Dlamini also said they were waiting for the Ministry of Education to give guidance on the way forward. She said:
We are waiting for the ministry to give guidance on when the syllabus is going to be completed and assessed. At the moment there is no change in the examination timetable.
The government has agreed to provide a 55% subsidy on examination fees for candidates at public and mission schools.
The subsidy, however, was restricted to seven subjects at Ordinary Level and up to three for Advanced Level.
The deadline for normal entries was 9 July, with 30 July set as the deadline for late entries.