Chaos and confusion rocked the ZimSec examinations in Manicaland, Mashonaland Central and South after the examinations body failed to avail adequate geography ordinary level question papers for candidates at several schools including Ndhlabiso, Nhedziwa, Chitakatira and Betera secondary schools.
According to a reliable source who is privy to the development, geography papers allegedly exchanged hands after the examinations body availed inadequate examination papers and students had to wait for other pupils from the nearest schools to finish writing for the same paper to be collected and given to them before they started their exam.
Said the source:
“Ndhlabiso school was given Ordinary level geography papers that belonged to Mukomniwana secondary school. These papers were half the number of students.
The same happened at Nhedziwa secondary School where there was a shortage. Because of this, students did not sit for their examinations at same time. The examination had to be delayed because they were waiting for geography papers from the nearest school which is Mutambara mission school.
Our greatest fear is that with this covid-19 scourge, it is not advisable that exam papers circulate and exchange hands.
The paper arrived way after the other learners had written their examinations. Scanner sheets were also mixed up. There is chaos.”
In another related development, 2 students were registered for commerce but they were not on the register list on the exam day.
“The same was also true for several English students, some of whom tested covid-19 positive and they had to be quarantined.”
ZimEye also has it on good authority that in mashonaland central and south, most of the schools there were given geography paper 1 examinations but there were no maps.
Said a source:
“They wrote their geography examinations without any maps hence learners could not attempt map work. This is a new low for ZimSec and government. Even big schools like Kutama college were affected”
Chitakatira secondary school was also affected and the learners only wrote after the neighbouring school finished conducting the examinations. The same question papers which had been used by the learners was collected and given to the other pupils.
Added the source:
“Ordinary level candidates at Betera secondary school wrote their examination at night and learners had to share the question papers because their school had not received any examination question paper. They got nothing. Nothing at all.
The school only managed to get the paper from their neighbouring Chiurwi secondary school after 3:15pm.”
Efforts to get a comment from ZimSec was work in progress by the time of publishing.
More details to follow….