High Court judge Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo has called for a complete overhaul of the entire Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec) after the Ordinary Level 2017 English Paper 2 results were initially nullified following allegations of social media cheating.
Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo
Last week the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Professor Paul Mavima nullified English Paper 2 results after a suspected 15000 out of the 260 000 candidates cheated and deemed a resit as a way of redeeming the integrity of the country’s examination body.
The High Court reversed the decision by Zimsec to order a write of the 2017 Ordinary Level English Paper 2 sighting little time given to candidates to prepare for the exam and the unfairness of punishing the innocent candidates along with the guilty.
Despite the fact that there is no resit to take place a number of parents feel that Zimsec has failed the country as rumours of papers leaking and cheating has become the order of the day year in year out and there is need to have new structures starting from the grassroots.
“Of cause a resit was going to impose financial problems to us but we nolonger trust the whole of Zimsec now, it’s been years a no concrete action was taken to deal with the problems of papers leaking and cheating,” said a concerned parent.
The dust of uncertainty has finally settled as the affected candidates are nolonger having a resit according to a court order and their results are going to graded on the results of English Paper one only.
Parents and the general public argued that Professor Mavima gave an 8 day preparation period set aside for students to prepare for the re-sit was inadequate and stressing.