Harare-The Zimbabwe School Examination Council (ZIMSEC) has promised to open another chance for O-Level and A-Level candidates who failed to register, due to the national coronavirus lockdown, for November 2020 examination, an official has said.
While giving oral evidence before Parliament’s portfolio committee on Primary and Secondary Education, ZIMSEC director Dr. Lazarus Nembawane said registration for June and November 2020 was closed, but their council will be allowing candidates for November 2020 to continue with their registration so as to accommodate those who were disturbed by the Covid-19, The Herald has reported.
“We have closed registration for June and November, but for November we are going to open a window so that those who were disadvantaged by Covid-19 we will be able to accommodate them.
“We got into a situation where we tried to help candidates to register through an electronic platform which we talked about on the radio, but of course there are others who could not. We have said those who fail to register for June, can you now register for November examination. Our approach to it is whenever the lockdown has been eased we will open a window ,” said Dr Nembaware.
He said the number of O-Level candidates who registered this year is less than that of the last year. He added that the reduction could have been triggered by the effects induced by the coronavirus and the rise of examination fees.
“The reason might be many, but we might single out, maybe, the raising of fees from $15 to $90 and $190 for private candidates. Also Covid-19 played its part because we started scaling down operations in Zimbabwe on 30 March 2020 when the nation was locked down. Parents, candidates and headmasters had problems in the registration,” he said
New fees structure will now see candidates paying $90 per subject for O-level and $165 per subject for A-Level. The Government will continue to cover 53 percent of the required total amount which is $190 per subject for 0-Level, and $351 per subject for A-Level.
Dr. Nembaware said the printing of the question papers was done in line with the health regulations such as hand-wash, sanitising, disinfecting areas and observing social distancing to curb the spread of coronavirus.