Latest on 2023 Grade 7 results: Zimsec issues statement


The 2023 Grade Seven exam results will be released at noon on Friday next week, the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) said yesterday.

In a statement, ZIMSEC director Dr Lazarus Nembaware said the results will be announced by Zimsec chairman Professor Eddie Mwenje.

Hopes are high that this year’s results will be significantly better than those achieved in the past three years when the direct learning process was disrupted by the lockdown measures needed to battle the Covid-19 pandemic.

Secondary schools will use the results to select entrants for Form One after the Government banned Form One entrance tests because most school heads were using them to raise cash and not to properly screen pupils.

This measure came into force in 2014, but this year, Government reiterated that schools were supposed to enrol Form One pupils on the basis of their Grade Seven results.

Schools have been sent written circulars.

Government intervened after realising that from low-income families could not afford prohibitive fees charged for entrance exams, thereby widening the social gap.

There was concern that entrance tests had become a fundraising business, which Government wanted to avoid at all costs.

The Permanent Secretary for Primary and Secondary Education Mr Moses Mhike has since issued a statement to the effect that all Form Ones for 2024, who want to go to boarding schools must use the electronic platform set up for enrolment.

The electronic application platform, which is called the e-map, can be accessed on where parents can register their children.

The platform opened on the 1st of November and will close on 15 January 2024.

When the Grade Seven results are out, they are uploaded by ZIMSEC, heads of schools will then have access to that e-map platform to take those pupils whom they feel should come to their schools because they have put their schools first, second or third choice depending on the quality of the results of those children.

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