GRADE SEVEN candidates will be the first to sit for the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) public exams in December, with results set to be published in the same month to allow them ample time to look for Form One places.
The exams are set to begin on December 1. Advanced Level exams will similarly be written in the same month, while exams for Ordinary Level candidates are expected to spill into January 2021. About 1,2 million learners will be sitting for their exams this year.
Preparations have already begun following an announcement by Cabinet to re-open schools this month. Drafting of timetables for Zimsec candidates has begun, while Cambridge is already distributing question papers across the country. Zimsec board chairperson Professor Eddie Mwenje told our Harare Bureau that after the timetables have been drafted, there would be extensive consultations with various stakeholders, after which they will be shared with the candidates.
Prof Mwenje said the printing of Grade Seven examination papers has since been completed. The exams management body said it is now printing exam papers for Ordinary and Advanced Level candidates.
British Council Zimbabwe business development manager Mr Dennis Madzamba said some schools had already started mock examinations at home.
“Cambridge November 2020 paper-based examinations start on 1 October, with some practicals starting towards the end of September. Schools do mock exams under exam conditions before the start of exams as a way of ensuring candidates are adequately prepared for the exams, and this is ideal in a school set-up as opposed to a home set-up.”