MASVINGO – Some school heads in the province have attacked Zimsec for belatedly sending questionnaires to schools, saying it was a self-serving exercise meant to cover up for a job badly done.
School heads who spoke to TellZim News recently said Zimsec was trying to cover up the mistakes it made during the November 2018 exams.
One head said in the questionnaire sent to schools before the beginning of the current school term, Zimsec asked if schools had science laboratories and also enquired about their preparedness for exams written in November 2018.
“How can they ask about our preparedness for exams that have already been written? They were supposed to ask us those questions before the exams. It doesn’t make sense now,” said one head.
Another school head accused Zimsec of doing a shoddy job and trying to cover up its mistakes when it is already too late.
“They asked if we had science teachers at our schools when they know very well that the ministry released science teachers after the exams. At my school, we had no science teacher and we only got one after the exams,” said another head.
Another school head said he was offended that Zimsec asked about the cost of apparatus and if the schools managed to buy all the requirements needed for exams.
“I think this exercise was supposed to be done towards exams and Zimsec would have been able to assess our level of preparedness. Some schools did not have enough equipment but they are supposed to compete with well-resourced schools,” said the head.
TellZim News recently reported on many anomalies that marred the recent exams including questions that required the used of dangerously concentrated chemicals.