Harare – Cabinet on Tuesday resolved that the Zimbabwe School Examination Council (ZIMSEC) should not increase examination fees as parents are overwhelmed due to the current economic challenges.
Speaking during a post Cabinet briefing, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said ZIMSEC examination fees for grade 7, “0” level and “A” level will remain the same.
“Cabinet received a report from the minister of Primary and Secondary Education and this is on the 2019 ZIMSEC examination fees for Grade 7, ‘’0’’ and ‘’A’’ level.
After careful consideration of the plight faced by the parents owing to the economic difficulties faced by the nation, cabinet resolved to keep the examination fees at the same level,” she said.
Primary and Secondary Education Minister Paul Mavhima said ZIMSEC should efficiencies and areas they can contain course so as to give relief to the parents.
“Government has considered that among everything else going up, the education of our learners is very important. The right to education is very important and within that context it has resolved that if anything it should be ZIMSEC that should find efficiencies and areas in which they can contain course in order to make sure we give some relief and a break on the parents of our learners.
“In that process also ensuring that the right to education of the leaner is preserved, is promoted so that was a very considerate position taken by the cabinet,” Mavhima said.
Meanwhile Cabinet also reiterated government’s commitment to improve teachers’ working conditions.
“The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education informed cabinet that following two meetings held during the previous week with the striking teachers unions, the unions decided to call off the strike action and instead, to pursue the path of dialogue with government over their working conditions. Cabinet commended the unions for heeding the call to prioritise the interests of the learners as well as the country and reiterated government’s commitment to the improvement of teachers’ working conditions,” Minister Mutsvangwa said.