June exams kick-off, govt turns deaf ear to teachers’ unions

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GOVERNMENT has turned a deaf ear to recommendations submitted by teachers’ representative bodies and announced that June ‘O’ and A-level examinations go ahead, starting Tuesday.

Teachers’ representative bodies reached a consensus arguing that the current situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic was not conducive for learners to write exams at this stage.

However, Primary and Secondary education minister Cain Matema made an assurance that government has taken necessary precautionary measures and procured relevant COVID-19 medical supplies to serve at examination centres countrywide.

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,” Mathema said.

Some parents also joined in the teachers’ union chorus, saying it was still premature for exam classes to sit.

Look here, I struggle to find transport to work every morning as the ZUPCO buses are not enough, how then will our children travel to the exam centres,” said one parent.

She also opined that some of the exam centres were once used as quarantine centres and it posed danger to candidates.

Amalgamates Rural Teachers Association of Zimbabwe president Obert Masaure expressed reservations over the ill timing.

His counterpart at the Zimbabwe Teachers Association Sifiso Ndlovu shared the same sentiments.

Meanwhile, despite the fear, Chief national coordinator COVID-19 Response team Agnes Mahomva revealed that the rate of community infections were stabilising, considering mathematical projections by local scientists.

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