Schools ready for June exams: Minister Mathema

By ZBC Reporter

THE GOVERNMENT says examination centres are ready to handle the ZIMSEC June 2020 examinations that start on Tuesday, amid revelations that schools used as COVID-19 quarantine centres have alternative venues for the examinations.

The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Ambassador Cain Mathema says examination centres are ready to take the ZIMSEC June 2020 examinations, with requisite materials and personal protective equipment (PPEs) having been availed to ensure that invigilators and candidates are safe from COVID-19.

The Minister spoke to ZBC News over the phone confirming that it is all systems go and clarifying that schools that were used as COVID-19 quarantine centres have found alternative venues for the examinations.

60 000 candidates have registered for the June examinations, the bulk of them being external candidates.

Meanwhile, the Zanu PF Youth League has launched the solar schools electrification project in Makoni North constituency as part of efforts to promote development in rural communities.
The availability of electricity in all parts of the country is vital in lighting the torch of development by ensuring easy access to information communication technologies.

Hangaiwa primary school in Makoni North Constituency is the first beneficiary under the solar installation scheme that is expected to benefit fifteen more schools in the area between now and the year 2023.

Launching the project this Sunday, Zanu PF Manicaland Provincial Youth League Chairperson, Cde Tawanda Mukodza said the initiative is in line with the devolution agenda.

“As Zanu PF Youth League we have launched a solar electrification programme at Hangaiwa primary school in Makoni North in line with President Mnangagwa’s vision to uplift the standards of living for the people and catapult the country into an upper-middle-income economy by 2030. The initiative will benefit both the students and the local community.”

Zanu PF Youth League Provincial Vice-Secretary for Finance, Cde Eddmore Madhume, explained the vision of the project.

“We are targeting sixteen schools in Makoni North constituency. Every ward will have two schools that will be electrified. We have set a target of three years to complete this project. This is in line with the vision by
President Mnangagwa on ensuring development reaches all corners of the country.”

Senior teacher at Hangaiwa primary, Mr Terry Thomas said the development will enhance the implementation of the new curriculum.

“We are happy as a school that the challenges to switch to the new curriculum will be eliminated through the use of modern technology and internet connectivity. The development will not only assist the students but the entire community with services such as photocopying now being done locally.”

Legislator for Makoni North Cde James Munetsi who graced the occasion commended the party wing for the initiative, imploring the local community to observe the health guidelines on Covid-19 to curb the spread of the deadly pandemic.

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