Teacher unions have urged parents of Ordinary Level students whose results were nullified to sue the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC).
ZIMSEC released the 2022 O’ Level examinations on Friday last week but withheld the results of almost 5 000 candidates across the country for alleged cheating.
Mukaro High School in Masvingo province is reportedly the worst affected school after the entire school’s O Level results were nullified.
Speaking to NewsDay, Educators Union of Zimbabwe secretary-general Tapedza Zhou said parents must sue ZIMSEC for nullifying their children’s results. He said:
We have been representing teachers, but we are urging parents to sue ZIMSEC. We have not witnessed something like this since Zimbabwe’s independence and during the Rhodesian era.
Almost 5 000 results were nullified, it’s a joke. ZIMSEC has put the name of the country into disrepute and our academic credentials will likely be undermined.
We don’t condone corruption and we don’t condone examination leakages, but the teachers we are representing are underpaid and they are the markers. If action is not taken, there will be more leakages this year.
Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) president Obert Masaraure said:
The withdrawal of results for almost 2% of the candidates doesn’t eliminate the risk of fake evaluation outcomes.
That punishes poor parents who religiously pay education fees. These parents have no mandate to secure examinations and ZIMSEC is solely to blame for this.
ZIMSEC spokesperson Nicky Dlamini told NewsDay that concerned parents and candidates who had their results nullified should approach their schools first. She said:
Affected students must approach their respective schools before approaching ZIMSEC.