The minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Cain Mathema has said June examinations will proceed as initially planned.
The statement is issued amid resistance from teachers and learners to the proposed dates.
They argue that the dates are inconvenient since learners had no time for studies adding that some schools have not taken enough required measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic which saw studies suspended in March.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education is adamant that necessary measures to ensure the safety of candidates and invigilators are already in place.
Below is Mathema’s press statement in full.
The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education would like to advise parents/guardians, learners and the public that the ZIMSEC June 2020 Examinations are set to commence as scheduled on Tuesday, the 30th of June 2020. The examination timetable, as announced by ZIMSEC, will be adhered to.
The Ministry would like to assure the nation that necessary measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of candidates and invigilators during the course of the examinations. To this end, thermometers, disinfectants, face masks, wash facilities and hand sanitisers have been procured for all examination centres to protect from COVID-19. Examination centres have also been disinfected in line with Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) guidelines.
I would like to extend my sincere gratitude, to His Excellency, President E.D. Mnangagwa, Her Excellency, the First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa, the Inter-Ministerial Taskforce on the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, led by Hon. Vice President K.C.D. Mohadi, the Ministry of Health and Child Care and all the other Ministries for their guidance and assistance in getting the centres ready for examinations in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.