Ordinary Level Accounts, Economics and Business Studies candidates are today set to sit all the three papers after taking a break of only 20 minutes following a clash in the examination timetable.
Candidates usually sit for two examinations in a day, in the morning and afternoon, giving pupils enough time to rest before taking the next examination. Zimsec spokesperson Ms Nicky Dlamini told The Chronicle the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education as well as the examinations body will ensure that such a situation does not occur again. Said Dlamini:
Our timetable has all the learning areas as supplied by the curriculum, there are now more learning areas than what was there before. I don’t know whether candidates were not advised well on how to choose a subject and this is what has caused these clashes. However, when we created the time table we didn’t foresee any clashes. It is only when the candidate register that they realise that they have subjects that then clash on the time table.
Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe president Dr Takavafira Zhou said the clash in examination papers could affect the overall performance of candidates.