Cabinet has approved a request for the suspension of the ZIMSEC June 2021 Ordinary and Advanced Level Examination session which was presented by the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education.
Speaking during the post Cabinet briefing in Harare yesterday, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting services, Monica Mutsvangwa said Cabinet was advised that the Covid 19 pandemic has negatively impacted on the timing and cycle of public examinations.
“Cabinet considered and approved a request for the suspension of the Zimsec June 2021 Ordinary and Advanced Level examination session, which was presented by the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education. Cabinet was advised that the Covid-19 pandemic that broke out in 2020 had negatively impacted on the timing and cycle of public examinations, with the 2020 Grade 7, O-Level and A-Level examinations having commenced in early December 2020 and ended in early February 2021, instead of the usual period stretching from October to November of each year,” said Minister Mutsvangwa
Minister Mutsvangwa added that the delay in writing and marking of the previous examinations has affected the preparation and the setting of the next examinations.
“The delay in writing and the marking of the previous examinations has affected the preparation and the setting of the next examination hence the decision to temporarily suspend the June 2021 examinations. This suspension of the June 2021 examination session will allow for timely focus on the November examination preparations and aid an effective focus of resources,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.
According to minister Mutsvangwa logistics will be put in place to ensure candidates who wanted to sit for their examinations in June 2021 do so together with other students in November 2021.
Cabinet also advised that Government in liason with Fidelity Printers and the Registrar General’s office have strengthened security measures on Covid19 vaccination cards through designing a water tight certificate.
The move by the Government follows reports on the production of fake vaccination cards by unscrupulous individuals which led to the Ministry of Health and Child Care tabling this proposal for improvement to Cabinet.
“The Card, to be printed by Fidelity Printers, will exhibit the following features: invisible coat of arms, which shines under UV light, fluorescent numbering, water-marked security paper, micro text underground and guilloche pattern.
“Government will leave no stone unturned in apprehending greedy malcontents bent on tampering with the security features of the vaccination cards,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.