Zimsec June Examinations To Begin In The Midst Of Covid-19

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Harare-School Examination Council (Zimsec) has released the June 2020 examination timetable, ignoring teachers who warn that the environment is not yet set safe to operate, ZimMorningPost reports.

On Tuesday Zimsec chairperson Eddie Mwenje told media practitioners that Ordinary Level examinations have been scheduled for June 30 to July 20 and Advanced Level examinations will start from June 30 to July 23, 2020.

Mr. Mwenje said all the examination materials will be distributed while observing lockdown regulations so as to circumvent the spread of Covid-19.

“More stand-alone centres will be created to minimise movement and contact between administrators from different centres.

“Examination centres are to observe the minimum one metre distance between candidates’ desk, “ he said.

All heads of the examination centers have been urged to enforce all regulations with the aim to stop the spread chain of the virus.

In contrary to what has been finalised, teachers are saying it could be very disastrous to begin examinations as the nation is still combating coronavirus.

Zimbabwe Teachers Association (Zimta) chief executive officer Sifiso Ndlovu said: “Scheduling examinations is not a panacea to Covid-19. This is a pandemic that has claimed many lives in the world and continues to do so. A declaration means nothing if the necessary health protocols recommended by the World Health Organisation are not followed.”

“We are not ready for June examinations. Teachers are not willing. If the authorities go ahead with their plan, we are headed for industrial conflict. We cannot have pronouncements that ignore environmental dictates.

He also added that: “Government should consider what Cambridge, an international examinations body has done. They cancelled their June examinations and this is something we should consider. Our learners are not in the right psychological space to write examinations. They are fearing for their lives, so are our teachers.”

He said writing examinations in the midst of the prevailing pandemic may end up winning against the objective behind examinations unless they are doing them just to tick boxes.

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