Editorial 19/02/18 pg 8
Seven officials were suspended from Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec) a measure that came after the November 2017 English Language Paper 2 for ‘O’ Level students leaked before the examination date. Zimsec had ordered that students retake the paper, sparking widespread condemnation from angry students and parents. Two of the aggrieved parents successfully approached the High Court to overturn the decision and the judge went an extra mile to advise Zimsec to come down hard on the culprits. Zimsec issued a public apology for the leakages. The board previously made the nation to believe that it is putting measures in place to curb cheating and examination leakages including holding school principals accountable but these have not been bearing fruit soiling the credibility of the country’s education sector. Drastic measures are long overdue at Zimsec and this should start with minister of education dismissing the current board and replacing it with credible men and women who can effect change. The mandate of the new board would be to institute a thorough investigation into the leakages, plug the loopholes and bring in new faces that inspire confidence. Alternatively, the minister can set up a commission of inquiry to get to the bottom of what is taking place at Zimsec, before taking convincing action to correct the situation.