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Govt To Investigate CALAs Corruption

Govt To Investigate CALAs Corruption

The Government says it will investigate alleged corruption in schools where teachers are cashing in on continuous assessment learning activity (CALA) projects for candidates sitting for Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) examinations later this year.

It is alleged that some teachers, instead of supervising pupils on how to execute their CALA projects, were now writing the practical tests for candidates.

Primary and Secondary Education Minister Evelyn Ndlovu said Government will investigate all reported cases where teachers are allegedly writing CALA projects for learners.

She said this in response to Umzingwane MP Levi Mayihlome (ZANU PF), who had raised the matter during the National Assembly’s Question and Answer session on Wednesday. Said Ndlovu:

We are going to investigate the claims on the corruption that is taking place. We want to make sure that we understand the problem.

In terms of the Information Communication Technologies (ICT) issues, we are working with the Ministry of ICT and the Ministry of Energy to make sure that the schools are connected.

It will take us time but we are really pushing as Government to have schools connected so that children get computers and the ICT Ministry is facilitating that.

On the issue of corruption, we are going to investigate that.

Mayihlome claimed that some teachers were charging between R100 and US$10 to write CALA projects for learners largely due to internet access problems. He said:

What we have seen on the ground is that teachers are making rolling business doing the CALA assessment on behalf of school pupils charging R100 in rural areas and US$10 in urban areas because parents and pupils do not have access to the internet and those who have access have no clue on how to go to the internet to do the CALA system.

The assessment was supposed to have been done over a long period, at the shortest, maybe one year and not one semester. One semester is not just on.

Practically, what is happening on the ground is that teachers are making a killing because they bring all the students, 40 of them, charge R100 per student and they do the assignments themselves.

Candidates will be examined on CALA for the first time this year as part of the implementation of the skills-based education curriculum which was adopted in 2016.

CALA performance results are expected to contribute 30 per cent of their final mark in the public examinations.

The Government has reiterated that learners without CALA results will not be allowed to write ZIMSEC examinations that are set to commence at the end of November and will run into 2022.

More: Chronicle


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8 Comments

Blessing Makuyana 6 months ago

Isu vedu vana varikutonzi hatikumakiri cala rako kana usina kutitengera chicken inn


GG 7 months ago

Ipai maTeacher mari kani. CALA ndomari here.......vapei mari inotenga


Nehoreka 7 months ago

iyo hurumend inongoite adopt zvese zvese ngei?cala inobatsirei padzidzo yemwana?now vana have lost concentration to other subjects vachitsvaga zvecala,these guys are destroying our children's future nekuuraya education system.
#theregimemustfall


Steven Junior Chatindo 6 months ago

You are right on that I think they should continue

Passionate 7 months ago

As a student,I could jst say we need more attention,restrictions on doin' these CALA's,there's no way that someone can jst copy ñ paste other learners cala,this is messing everything up.yeah we can jst say we r making thingz much easier buh in another way,we r destroying the education coz learners are spending much of their tym doin the activity


Corruption bores corruption 6 months ago

Don't worry yourself about CALAS. Life is unfair thats why now you have to do your Cala even in the sshort time we have. Like i said life is unfair, you have to do anything you can just to have your cala done even if it means copying from others. Don't take it personal its just life and the cala thing is not important. Just relax, copy from others, get your mark and pass and Remember they never did any Cala but today they are successful and they are anything you get think of.
They never did any Cala but they want us to do it thats life.

Captain Nemo 7 months ago

Let us point the cause of this problem first. Teachers are living sub-standard lives and so this course of action they have taken is to enable them to at least provide for their dependents with the basic essentials. If the government wishes to stop them, they should give them salaries that can sustain them. And this CALA thing is all messed up. I say so because these students aint learning anything, it is just copy and paste or pay for mark then they are done. It is not serving its purpose.
#Godisinit


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Captain Nemo 7 months ago

Let us point the cause of this problem first. Teachers are living sub-standard lives and so this course of action they have taken is to enable them to at least provide for their dependents with the basic essentials. If the government wishes to stop them, they should give them salaries that can sustain them. And this CALA thing is all messed up. I say so because these students aint learning anything, it is just copy and paste or pay for mark then they are done. It is not serving its purpose.
#Godisinit



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