Zimsec to tighten screws

HARARE – Government has expressed confidence in the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council and said it will introduce a raft of measures to strengthen the examinations body in the wake of leakages of examination materials. Primary and Secondary Education Minister Dr Lazarus Dokora said they will reduce the period in which question papers would be taken to examination centres with central smart remote controlled keys that monitor tampering of examination materials being installed.

Exam leakages, said Minister Dokora, were not taking place at Zimsec but at schools or through employees of an organisation it contracted.

As part of measures to plug leakages, said Minister Dokora, regional managers had been directed to ensure that headmasters did not travel long distances of more than 40 km with examination materials.

He said Zimsec was exploring the possibility of technology, the grid lock system to detect the slightest tampering of examination material.