Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Sylvia Utete-Masango said Child Parliamentarians appealed to President Mnangagwa to suspend November public examinations, saying they will not have fully prepared due to disturbances caused by elections.
Speaking at the National Association of Secondary Heads conference recently, Utete-Masango urged schools to come up with holiday lessons for pupils as a solution to a shorter second term. Said Utete-Masango:
When the Head of State had an opportunity to interact with Child Parliamentarians, they tried to convince him to suspend the November examinations. Yes, it came from them. They said Your Excellency, we plead with you to suspend the November examinations because all our teachers have gone to the ZEC activities. There are no teachers. We have had a short term and there hasn’t been quality learning. These were your pupils talking to the President.
Utete-Masango did not reveal how Mnangagwa responded to the pupils’ request.