O-Level students write Zimbabwe exams at night: Yes it's true, Zimsec confirms


Two Ordinary Level candidates had to travel 100km from Bikita to Masvingo to write the June 2014 Biology Paper 2 examination at night because zimsec failed to deliver question papers to their centres on time.

The pair registered at Chisungo and Mangondo secondary schools as private candidates. The paper was set for Tuesday last week at 2pm, but they waited in vain for the question papers to be delivered.

Fearing disqualification, the duo rushed to zimsec's Masvingo offices.

Candidates can only write exams on the day specified on the question paper, outside which they would be disqualified.
Mr Silas Dandira, Zimsec provincial manager for Masvingo, said: "I can confirm the incident and the candidates concerned successfully wrote their examination under lights. That's all I can say. For further details, you can contact our HR (human resources) in Harare"

The two candidates hired a vehicle to take them to Masvingo where they were allowed to write the exam separately between 5pm and 7pm. It could not be established who invigilated the examination.

A senior zimsec officer at the provincial office who requested anonymity said, "The heads of the concerned centres are to blame because under such circumstances, they should have notified us on time, not when the candidates are about to write the examination".

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