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Published: December 20, 2009
Bulawayo (ZimEye) – Students who failed to pay the stipulated fees for the November ‘O’ and ‘A’ level examinations will have their results withheld until they settle their debts with the Zimbabwe School Examination Council (ZIMSEC) in full.
Permanent Secretary for Education Sport, Arts and Culture, Stephen Mahere, students’ results would be withheld until a full payment of the exam fees was made.
“On that one, we will not reverse our decision neither are we going to mince our words. It has to be made bold and clear that those who have not made their examination fee payments in full will have their results withheld until the payments are made in full. We understand and share the concerns of the parents, which explains why we allowed the students to sit for their exams.
“The concerns were genuine and they emanate from the fact that we have adopted a multi-currency system and we have no mandate to print the money willy-nilly as we used to do with our own currency.
“The parents of those students who were allowed to sit for their examination should not therefore sit back and relax but should be running around looking for money so that they will have no problems accessing the results of their children come next year,” said Mahere.
He said although the local examinations were far much cheaper compared to those of the country’s regional counterparts, the economic situation that the country was coming from and the amount of income that most employees were getting could not be compared to those in the region hence the decision to give people time to look for the fees.
Mahere blamed the failure by some parents to pay the fees to the late announcement of the fees by ZIMSEC saying despite the extension of the deadline some parents still failed to pay the exam fees.
Last week, Minister of Public Service, Professor Eliphas Mukonoweshuro called on all the teachers who left the country in the past two years because of the pressing economic environment to apply for re-engagement saying next year there would be a new grading system for the teachers that would see them getting a salary that is not uniform as is the case.