The Zimbabwe School Examination Council (ZIMSEC) says it is ready to announce the dates for the 2021 public examinations and is only waiting for the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education to give the nod.
This comes after Primary and Secondary Education Deputy Minister Edgar Moyo said their Ministry will conduct an assessment on the preparedness of learners, whose outcome will inform deliberations on specific dates for this year’s public examinations.
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The Ministry has modified the syllabus to allow some teaching to be compressed.
Speaking to Zimpapers Television Network (ZTN), ZIMSEC spokesperson Nicky Dlamini said they were awaiting communication from the Government regarding dates. Said Dhlamini:
We are on track, once the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education gives us direction, we will be able to then announce exam dates.
Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) president, Takavafira Zhou called for a postponement of the examinations to next year. He said:
We need three months of uninterrupted time of learning in order to cover the time lost through the lockdown.
If you put that it means there is no way that examinations can be written in 2021.
The only possible way is to write exams around mid-January to February next year.
Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) president, Richard Gundane, said exams could only be written when teachers had completed each syllabus.
Schools reopened for examination classes on 30 September and non-exam classes on 6 September amid concerns that learners will not be prepared to sit for public examinations this year, especially considering that the term ends on 17 December 2021.