Govt ups 'O' Level exam fees

HARARE - Government has increased Ordinary Level (“O” Level) examination fees from $13 to $15 while Advanced Level (“A” Level) fees have remained at $26. This comes as parents are also now going to contribute towards the cost of Grade 7 Examination.

The upward revision of “O” Level examination fees comes on the back of two years of a moratorium when the fees remained pegged at $13 per subject.

Speaking at a press conference in Harare yesterday, minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Lazarus Dokora said the decision to hike the fees was made at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

“The Cabinet decision on the examination fees always comes after a thorough process of consideration.

“I am happy to state that it was a necessary process, which led to a decision with a balance on affordability and the need to secure system credibility,” said Dokora.

He said Zimbabweans have distinguished themselves in all their fields of endeavour and specifically in academia. He said Zimbabweans have been exposed to unscrupulous individuals that obtained qualifications fraudulently and some sought to obtain examination papers before sitting for the exams.

“While the law enforcement agencies have their role, it is incumbent on the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council to put in place a robust, and fool-proof examination security system.

“To do this they need to be adequately resourced. It is in this context that Cabinet has allowed a modest increase in fees at “O” Level to help cushion Zimsec on costs of achieving a tamper-proof examination delivery and monitoring system,” said Dokora

Dokora said, “Cabinet has also approved a contribution by parents towards the cost of the Grade 7 examination.

“Modalities will be worked out on how this can be achieved without paying more than a dollar a term at appropriate Grade levels.

“The details of this system will be provided in due course,” he said.

The examination payment closing date for “O” and “A” Level June examination is the 8th of May.

Comments (5)

Nhai VaDokora please pindurai nekuti isu nguva yareba tichidyiwa takasvinura sematemba.

Tongogara - 4 April 2015

Shocking and disappointing, this means doom to the kids of the poor, 75$ for 5 subjects that's too much have mercy , 2$ per subject is preferably if education is to remain a right for all, rich and poor! Form4 Girl, high density located school

Form4girl - 4 April 2015

Haiwaa,PREMIER MEDICAL AID (psmas)NGAICHIPA MAservice provider mari dzavo.hevooo vobhadhara kaviri pagore, tofa heduzve nezvirwere tichiramba kurapwa nemhosva yavo.

serviceprovider - 5 April 2015

The system should consider the plight of the poor. You are definitely increasing the poverty trap for them because they cant afford the current fees and its going to be worse. They fail to write exams because they from poor families, so they cant get good jobs because they wont have O level (so no A Level or tertiary qualification for them) . This implies they will only get menial jobs and remain poor!!! Minister you remember the struggle was meant to remove these bottle necks.!!! Are you driving the regime change agenda from within?

Gandavaroyi machichiri - 6 April 2015

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