September 16, 2020

Teachers in the dark over June exam marking

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Munashe Mukahlera

Teachers are accusing authorities of keeping them in the dark over the marking of Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council June examinations.

Marking encountered several false starts as authorities tried to ensure markers were safe from Covid-19.

The examinations will now be marked regionally which is a departure from the norm where markers meet at various centres. Zimbabwe Teacher’s Association chief executive Dr Sifiso Ndlovu says Zimsec is yet to communicate.

“Zimsec has not given us any dosage of their preparations regarding who is going to be marking and the logistics they have put in place,” he said.

“Save to say they are looking for resources to ensure that marking proceeds and the markers are paid. Whether they have finalised that or not, they are yet to inform us as the stakeholders.”

Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe Secretary-General Raymond Majongwe accused Zimsec of cherry-picking stakeholders.

“As far as we are concerned, we really thought that we were supposed to have been engaged as unions and as teachers, publicly, because we are stakeholders.”

Zimsec board chairperson Professor Eddie Mwenje told ZTN News that marking will start this week.

“We have trained markers already in our databases and we will follow Ministry of Health systems. They offered to do PCR testing for free. Marking should kick off in earnest at all centres by end of week. We will let you know the progress.”

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