TEACHERS have clashed with Zimbabwe Schools Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) over the decision to proceed with June examinations despite Coronavirus setbacks.
In a statement , Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) expressed dismay over the authority’s insistence.
“Teachers are currently in a dilemma over follow the rules of Zimbabwe Covid19 Lockdown and ZIMSEC directives which require teachers to travel to their nearest centres to administer the registration exercise for June exams,” said the teachers organ.
The teachers lobby group said the examination body’s directive comes despite the realisation that most learners have switched to distance education and schools the world over have been closed abruptly due to the uncertainty posed by the pandemic
“In reference to the above ZIMSEC is calling on government to suspend June and November examinations until a well informed assessment on Covid19 has been concluded,” said ZIMSEC.
The exams group said it is critical for government to keep protecting teachers jobs since most schools have adopted distance learning models.
ZIMTA called on government to avail testing kits for all students to be screened for Covid19 when schools open to avoid transmission risks.
“As educators we stand ready to work with government in combating Covid19 among teachers and learners,” ZIMTA added.