'O' Level candidates to rewrite English exam

HARARE - The 2017 Ordinary Level English examination paper will be re-written on February 16, the Primary and Secondary Education ministry said yesterday.

In the statement, minister Paul Mavima said the re-write was arrived at after much consideration as there had been widespread cheating in the paper which was exacerbated by social media reports.

This comes as some students were hauled before the courts for allegedly leaking examination papers for the November 2017 English, Maths and Integrated Science subjects.

“In this regard, all candidates who sat for the November 2017 examination are therefore required to report to their 2017 examination centres in order to write the examination which begins at 10:00 hours on Friday 16, November 2018.

“Candidates who have been informed of cancellation of results because of cheating during examinations in all subjects or English language only should not re-write this English Language Paper 2 and this includes those who were prosecuted and sentenced,” Mavima said.

He said while the decision was regrettable, it was necessary to maintain and preserve the integrity of the national examination system.

In November last year, an 18-year-old Tshabalala teenager was arrested for leaking three examination papers to students sitting at Nkulumane High School.

Zimbabwe is at far greater risk of academic fraud now, given the increasingly competitive academic environment here.

 

 

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