No cash for Grade 7 exams

HARARE - This year’s Grade 7 examinations hang in the balance after Treasury failed to allocate funds to the Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec).

Government subsidises examination fees for Grade 7 pupils while Ordinary and Advanced Level students pay for their examination.

Officials from the ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and stakeholders in the sector  told a parliamentary portfolio committee on Education, Sport, Arts and Culture last week that failure to fund Zimsec would affect Grade 7 examinations.

“Zimsec was never granted a cent in the budget so that when it comes to administration of examinations, Zimsec does not have problems,” said acting permanent secretary in the ministry, Rodgers Sisimayi.

“We have a project in Norton of a printing press that is supposed to be completed for purposes of printing our own examination papers and limit leaks. If it is not allocated money, it will continue to be problematic.”

Presenting the ministry’s post budget analysis to the legislators, Tendai Makova said the ministry would find it “extremely difficult to meet set targets”.

Makova, who is also a lecturer at the  University of Zimbabwe, told legislators that the ministry’s bid of $2,8 million for the administration of the Grade 7 examinations had been turned down by government.
This is despite the fact that government is obliged to provide a grant to pay for the examinations under the ministry’s grant-aided institutions.

“If no funds are availed from Treasury, Zimsec will not be able to conduct this important set of examinations,” he said.

“A bid of $2,8 million was placed for the administration of the 2014 examinations and this is against the background that parents do not pay for these exams.”

Registration for the October Grade 7 examinations begin in March.

The failure by government to fund the examinations board has forced Zimsec to divert examination fees paid by Ordinary Level students to fund the primary school exams.

Last year, primary school teachers protested against a paltry $2 they were offered for marking the national examinations.

Comments (6)

Just imagine the ZANU PF nincompoops want to introduce Grade 2 Examinations when things are like this. We are being (mis)led by idiots!

Feldman Bandura - 20 January 2014


PRINCE JOHNSON - 20 January 2014

this is just shows a lack of people centredness on the part of those in authority. if education is crucial and every child's right then it must be highly prioritised. how is it that you can find money to sponsor sport when education is not funded? what happened to sense?

tk - 20 January 2014

Its a shame that 5.6%, that is 200 million was allocated to the President's office at the expense of our children's education who are the future leaders!! it riles me!!

dokoza - 20 January 2014

Imagine just so recently, the minister was touting the introduction of 2 levels of ECD, what does ECD help to the career of a child who is only 5 years and then neglect a screening of a child who is leaving primary education to secondary? How many teachers are going to be recruited to mentor the ECD nationwide? It is all about installation of sense.

A1 - 21 January 2014

Iwo president vangade 200million yekudii. Vano vapa wacho ndiwo vanotya.

changamukai - 21 January 2014

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