Government has suspended ZIMSEC June 2021 Ordinary and Advanced Level examinations after students fell behind due to the COVID-19 pandemic that broke out in 2020 and negatively impacted on the timing and cycle of public examinations.
Addressing a post-cabinet media briefing Tuesday, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said Cabinet had approved a request for the suspension of the ZIMSEC June 2021 Ordinary and Advanced Level Examination Session, which was presented by the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education.
“Cabinet was advised that the COVID-19 pandemic that broke out in 2020 had negatively impacted on the timing and cycle of public examinations, with the 2020 Grade 7, ‘O’ Level and ‘A’ Level examinations having commenced in early December 2020 and ended in early February 2021, instead of the usual period stretching from October to November of each year,” Mutsvangwa said.
The delay in writing and the marking of the previous examinations has affected the preparation and the setting of the next examination hence the decision to temporarily suspend the June 2021 examinations, Mutsvangwa added.
“This suspension of the June 2021 examination session will allow for timely focus on the November examination preparations and aid an effective focus of resources,” Mutsvangwa said.
“Logistics will be put in place to ensure that the candidates who may have wanted to sit for their examinations in June 2021 do so together with other students in November 2021,” she concluded.