Government fires Zimsec directors, sends 4 officials on indefinite forced leave, announces when O-levels results are out

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Three top Zimbabwe Schools Examinations Council (Zimsec) bosses, including director Isau Nhandara, have been fired, while four others have been sent on indefinite forced leave.

This comes after the High Court stopped the examinations board from making students rewrite a November 2017 English Paper II that had leaked.

Meanwhile, the Zimsec board said 2017 November O Level results will be out by February 23, 2018.

The High Court yesterday called for an overhaul of Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) systems and said “heads must roll” over the bungling of public examinations.

High Court judge Justice Loice Matanda Moyo sitting with Justice Priscilla Munangati-Manongwa reversed the decision by the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) to order a rewrite for the 2017 Ordinary Level English Paper 2 saying it was inconsiderate. However, the court said that it cannot condone criminality as cheating had indeed taken place and confirmed the decision to nullify the results for the English Language paper 2.

In a welcome development for most students, the resit for the paper which was supposed to take place on Friday has been cancelled and the students will be graded on the results of English Paper 1 only. This follows an application by two parents who were challenging Government’s decision to nullify results for English Paper 2 citing widespread cheating.

The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education had ordered pupils to resit the paper this Friday. In a statement yesterday, the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Professor Paul Mavima said Government will comply with the High Court ruling.

“The court decision on the English paper 2 is out. We will comply with the ruling. We will ensure that the matter of English paper 2 is dealt with as directed. Meanwhile, stern action will be taken to restore the credibility of our examinations system,” said Prof Mavima.

He said his office has received petitions from teacher’s unions, whose recommendations are being considered.


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