PUPILS DEMAND NOV EXAMS SHUTDOWN FROM MNANGAGWA

Pupils have lobbied President Mnangagwa to suspend the 2018 November public examinations, pointing out that they will not have fully prepared due to disturbances caused by elections, especially the absence of teachers on Zimbabwe Electoral Commission duties.

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This was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr Sylvia Utete-Masango at the National Association of Secondary Heads conference, in Victoria Falls recently.

She alluded that pupils had appealed to President Mnangagwa, when he met Child Parliamentarians in Harare recently, to suspend the end of year exams because teachers were hardly in school conducting ZEC activities. Forms Four and Form Six classes are the ones that write public examinations.

“There are no teachers. We have had a short term and there hasn’t been quality learning. These were your pupils talking to the President”, Dr Utete-Masango was speaking.

She did not reveal how the President responded to the request by the pupils.

Dr Utete-Masango said as a remedy, schools should come up with holiday lessons for pupils in the wake of a shorter second term.

Schools will close on Thursday July 26, to accommodate the harmonised elections set for July 30. The third term will open a week early on September 4, to ensure that pupils are not disadvantaged. The second term opened on May 8 and was supposed to end on August 9.

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