By Staff Reporter
Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) Secretary General Raymond Majongwe says they are planning to demonstrate against the Zimbabwe School Examination Council (ZIMSEC) over the continued leaking of exams that have resulted in the nullification of the November 2017 English paper 2.
This is not the first time that exams have leaked in Zimbabwe since ZIMSEC took over the running of examination from Cambridge in 1999.
Around October last year, there were reports that leaked Ordinary Level examinations papers had leaked and were being sold on the streets and pupils were paying anything around US$10 to get both question paper and answers.
Commenting on his Twitter handle following a decision by Minister Paul Mavima to nullify the English exam Paper 2, Majongwe said there is too much rot at ZIMSEC and heads must roll.
“We will lead demonstration next week on this matter. Heads must roll ZIMSEC stinks…,” said Majongwe.
Adding his voice to the issue, one Masimba Mukurazita said it was unfair for the ministry to nullify the exam in February when pupils wrote the paper sometime in November last year, adding that there was also little time given to pupils to prepare for the rewriting.
“This is absurd. They are not telling the truth. The children can’t rewrite an exam without studying. What was the ministry doing between November and now?
According to Minister Mavima, the decision to rewrite was necessitated by the ‘widespread cheating’ during the November examination session.
However, while the paper will be re-written next week on Friday from1000hrs-1200hrs, there are unanswered questions as to who will foot the pupils’ costs of travelling to examination centres especially for those who were in boarding schools and even those who had left the country.
The other question is where will these pupils who were in boarding schools that are far away from their homes be accommodated when they go to rewrite the exam considering that schools are in session and schools had not budgeted for their welfare.
Journalist Tawanda Majoni castigated the ministry for the unfortunate decision and giving “…innocent students and their parents/guardians such command notices…” and questioned how students are “expected to travel hundreds of kilometres to re-sit the exams and then return home on the same day?
Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) Secretary General Obert Masaraure said if the minister is worth his salt then he should deal decisively with ZIMSEC
“Mavhima should act on the ZIMSEC case if he is worth being a minister, the mess at ZIMSEC must be sorted out to save our education from total collapse,” he said.