Mugabe's Son Shuns Zimsec

Despite President Mugabe being a strong critic of the British, Robert Mugabe Junior, who is known among his peers as Tinotenda, is re-writing the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCE) run by top British university.

He is among the hundreds of students who are sitting for the examinations. Robert Mugabe wrote his Cambridge University examinations at Harare Exhibition Park with a daughter of a Radio VOP correspondent. He sat for a Biology (paper 1) and Maths (paper 2) on Thursday.

Robert Mugabe attended formal school at Kutama College in Zvimba last year but failed to secure the requisite subjects to progress to “A” Level. He is currently enrolled at a Speciss College – a top private college in Harare.

Robert’s sitting for the Cambridge University examinations has sent tongues wagging has his father is vocal critic of anything British. However Robert Junior is very popular among his former peers at Kutama who are also rewriting their examinations under the same body. He is the most popular figure in the First Family and regularly attends Caps United football matches.

Meanwhile in another development at least five in every 10 Ordinary Level pupils might fail to pursue careers of their choices after failing to register a minimum of five subjects in the forthcoming locally run Zimsec November examinations despite government extending the deadline to pay examination fees.

According to the latest issue of the Zimbabwe Independent, official statistics this week showed that close to 100 000 students may not sit for the Zimbabwe Schools Examinations Council (Zimsec) ‘O’ Level examinations due to lack of funds.

The examinations body is charging US$10 and US$20 per subject for ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels.

The growing number would limit the students’ chances of securing formal employment or furthering their studies, which requires the mandatory five ‘O’ Level subjects.

Lazarus Dokora, Deputy Education minister, told parliament this week, during question time that the “modest registration” of candidates was below government expectations following the provision of state loans to finance poor families. Government, according to Dokora, extended payment of the examination fees to next January.

“Some 132 538 candidates had registered for a total of 642 004 subjects. The candidature represented 55% of the entry for 2008 which had 239 434 candidates registered for 1 382 371 subjects. The average number of subjects per candidate then was six compared to the current 4,8 subjects. Thus, a number of candidates failed to register for the basic minimum of five subjects”, Dokora said.