May 11, 2021

Zimsec, Markers Clash Over Payment

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Owen Kaura

It has been more than 3 weeks since the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) announced results of the November 2020 Advanced Level examinations and a week since Ordinary level results were released.

However, teachers who marked the examinations are yet to be paid their dues by the examination council, and they are not happy.

Zimbabwe Teachers Association (Zimta) Secretary General Goodwill Taderera told ZTN that Zimsec should not engage teachers to mark examinations if they cannot pay them.

“We have always said Zimsec must engage teachers when they have the money to pay them,” he said.

“It is bad labour practice to engage somebody and not pay them,” he added.

Zimsec spokesperson Nicki Dlamini acknowledged that they owe the markers.

“Our ‘O’ and ‘A’ level examiners have not been paid, as we are speaking there are payments that are being processed so as to rectify the situation,” she said.

Dlamini added, “Due to the Covid-19 pandemic there were issues with the cash flow. It is prudent to note that this is the first time in many years that this delay has happened.”

Zimsec has cancelled the traditional June final examinations this year for both Ordinary and Advanced Level, citing disruptions to the school calendar.

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