ZIMSEC June 2020 O and A level examinations are set to commence today, Tuesday the 30th of June as scheduled.
In a statement, the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Cain Mathema said the examination time table as announced by Zimsec will be adhered to.
The minister assured the nation that all necessary measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of candidates and invigilators during the course of the examinations.
“….thermometers, disinfectants, face masks, wash facilities and hand sanitisers have been procured for all examination centres to protect from COVID-19. Examination centres have also been disinfected in line with Ministry of Health and Child Care guidelines,” read the statement.
Meanwhile, in Matabeleland South it is all systems go in all the 81 centres where O and A levels examinations will be taking place from this Tuesday.
The Provincial Education Director, Mr Benard Mazambani confirmed the positive development, saying disinfectants, liquid soap and masks had been supplied to all schools to ensure the safety of learners.
“In terms of masks, we now have a 100 percent coverage for the June candidates, the invigilators and other workers. We have received disinfectants and sanitisers from the government.
“We are working flat out to ensure that our schools are ready by tomorrow. Provincial teams have been going around to also check the sitting arrangements at our centres to ensure social distancing,” he said.
Mr Mazambani further revealed that while Beitbridge, Matobo and Insiza districts have received tremendous support from development partners through a donation of thermometers, arrangements have been made with the Ministry of Health and Child Care to assist schools in Gwanda, Bulilima and Mangwe to conduct temperature checks.
The Zimbabwe National Educators Union President, Mr Molvin Dube called on the government to ensure that poorly resourced rural schools are properly furnished to ensure social distancing when schools finally open.
“The ministry of education clearly pronounced that there is no fund that should come from parents so it is important for the government to provide all the required equipment in order to safeguard the lives of leaners,” he said.
Meanwhile, almost 80 percent of schools have running water with 25 schools In Insiza and Gwanda being supported by UNICEF.