Harare-The Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) has rebuked, dismissed, and described the recent June examination dates announcement by Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) as meaningless because of lack of Covid-19 preparedness on health and safety for both invigilators and candidates, PindulaNews reveals.
The ZIMTA Chief Executive Officer Dr. Sifiso Ndlovu said, in a telephone interview, ZIMSEC was not acting responsibly as it simply gave parents of the candidates the burden to administer the safe examination processes in schools that are already struggling,he said
“ZIMSEC is acting like it has no responsibility in the way examinations are administered by pushing the buck to schools. At the present moment, no school has assembled any health and,safety logistics or facilities and the requisite manpower that can support Covid 19 protocols.
“The examinations body has clearly shown that it does not care about the health and safety of both the learners and the teachers as it has also not announced any supporting measures or protocols that it is going to facilitate to ensure that all stakeholders in the process are not exposed to Covid 19, yet Covid 19 is a real threat,COVIDywhere, COVIDspecially in Zimbabwean Schools,” he said.
Dr. Ndlovu also underlined that there were also other unsettled executive matters in relation to examiners’ allowances that required clarification before examinations commence.
“The issue of examiners allowances has not yet been concluded, and more so the heightened risk posed by Covid 19 is a cause for concern which ZIMSEC has to clarify to ensure the smooth flow of the examination process. Clearly speaking ZIMSEC has not made anything easier for us and is making all these announcements.
“The ministry has not yet announced dates of re-opening schools yet ZIMSEC is already announcing dates creating the question who is subordinate to the other, ZIMSEC or the ministry? Schools belong to the minister,y not ZIMSEC,” Ndlovu said.
The ZIMSEC recently set a new date for the June examinations with the ordinary level set to run from30 June to July 20, while the advanced level session will start up on 30 June and end on 23 July 2020.