The Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (ZIMSEC) has called for the nationwide re-write of the 2017 November Ordinary Level English Paper 2 on the 16th of February 2018. When MIHR spoke to ZIMSEC Public Relations Department, they said the reasons for the re-write is due to the widespread cheating that happened on the paper.
Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights wishes to advise all students, parents and guardians to take note of this new development so as note to be disadvantaged.
The Institute further wishes to advise ZIMSEC that the date set is too soon considering that some of the Matabeleland students could have already been visiting their relatives that are resident in South Africa and thus the short notice doesn’t allow them time to come back. In Matabeleland, going to South Africa is a natural phenomenon due to the hundreds of thousands of citizens who have fled to that country due to Gukurahundi, tribal and systematic discrimination, marginalization, unemployment and other forms of human rights violations. The short notice is also due to the fact that it doesn’t give students who did not cheat the time to prepare for the examination. If ZIMSEC had given 14 days’ notice it would have been better.