The government has committed to give another chance to learners who were unable to take their Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (ZIMSEC) November examinations due to flooding in certain regions.
Responding to questions from legislators in parliament on Wednesday, Deputy Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Angeline Gata said government was aware of the challenges faced by some candidates and assured that arrangements would be made for them to complete their examinations.
“The Ministry is aware that there are some schools that could not collect their examination papers because of the flooded rivers,” Deputy Minister Gata.
“The affected schools will liaise with the head office so that the children are accorded time to write their exams,” she added.
The November 2023 examinations have been adversely affected by the onset of heavy rains, with reports indicating that in certain regions, teachers were unable to collect examination materials due to flooded rivers.
Meanwhile, the leader of government business in parliament, who also serves as the Minister of Justice, Legal, and Parliamentary Affairs, Ziyambi Ziyambi, informed legislators that the central government had adopted a new approach to school construction.
“What we have also done recently when the Second Republic came into place is, we now have devolution funds where we are saying Central Government should refrain from identifying projects and telling communities.
“Rather, the communities must identify the projects and through the devolution funds, build whatever they want. Through that avenue, communities can identify a school where there is a barn that has been converted to a school and come up with a plan to have that school built through the devolution funds and their Ministers of State,” said Ziyambi.