GWERU – The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Minister Ambassador Cain Mathema has published a statement emphasizing that June 2020 examinations tipped to start on June 30 will proceed as scheduled.
The statement comes at a time parents are in confusion whether or not to release their children to school as teachers unions are protesting not to invigilate exams citing incapacitation challenges.
“The Ministry of Primary and Secondary education would like to advise parents, 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,” reads part of the statement.
“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,” the statement further assures.
The development comes in a time where parents are skeptical over their children’s safety following the Covid-19 contraction fear.
The Provincial Education Officer for Midlands, Jameson Machimbira has also assured safety of pupils saying the Ministry will work hand in glove with the Ministry of Health and Childcare towards ensuring safety of pupils from contracting Covid-19.
“Safety issues are not matters of the Education Ministry alone but we will work closely with the Ministry of Health and Childcare to ensure safety of everyone involved in the examinations process,” Machimbira said.
Progressive Teacher’s Union of Zimbabwe had by close of business day maintained that teachers will not avail themselves for invigilation until government meets standards set by the World Health Organisation towards curbing the spread of Covid-19.
Other requests set by teachers also included availability of travel documents, transport money and invigilation allowance.