NEXT week thousands of Ordinary Level examination candidates will face the agony of rewriting their Mathematics and English examinations.
THE STANDARD EDITORIAL
The rewriting was ordered after a paper was leaked by two Gweru teachers and a Mkoba Teachers College cook. The crooked trio took advantage of lax Zimsec security systems and sold the Mathematics Paper One to candidates.
Zimsec determined last week the highly publicised leak undermined the integrity of the entire November examination and decided to set new papers.
This development comes as a major blow to candidates who have to start preparing all over again for examinations they had written, all because of Zimsec’s bungling.
Last year, it was the same story as the Geography and Integrated Science papers were also leaked as the exams body failed to put adequate security measures to avoid breaches.
Stories about Zimsec show a pattern of gross incompetence. If it’s not about exam paper leakages, the body will hog the limelight for the inordinate delays in releasing the exams or for markers going on strike. It also could be about missing, mixed or wrong results being given to candidates.
Anywhere in the world, such glaring failure to administer examinations would have invited serious punitive action, resulting in heads rolling.
For how long should the clueless administration at Zimsec be allowed to mismanage our exams year in year out, denting the credibility of the examinations?
We expect heads to roll at Zimsec and the recruitment of a new crop of leaders that understand the importance of securing examinations when they are being printed, distributed, transported, marked and when results are being issued.