Govt to comply with ruling on Zimsec case

By Nqobile Tshili

GOVERNMENT will comply with the High Court ruling directing the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) to grade candidates using marks obtained in English Paper 1 examination.

Primary and Secondary Education Minister Professor Paul Mavima, flanked by permanent secretary in the ministry Dr Sylvia Utete-Masango, announces Government’s decision to have the Ordinary Level English Paper 2 rewritten next Friday, following the nullification of results of the first exam after the paper was leaked last year, during a Press briefing in Harare yesterday. — (Picture by Believe Nyakudjara)

The ruling 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 tomorrow.

However, High Court judge Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo yesterday said Zimsec should use English Paper 1 only to grade marks for the candidates.

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. Prof Mavima did not reveal the contents of the petitions.

Teachers unions welcomed the High Court ruling. Zimbabwe Teachers Association (Zimta) chief executive officer Mr Sifiso Ndlovu said the High Court ruling was balanced.

Progressive Teacher’s Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) president Mr Takavafira Zhou urged Government to decisively deal with corrupt elements within the examinations system. “We need to find a lasting solution to these leakages, which have been going on for a long time,” he said. The Herald