‘Govt’s attempting to paint a good picture in education sector’

Obert Masaraure

TEACHERS unions yesterday accused government of inflating the Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec) 2021 Advanced Level pass rate by 3,68% to present the country’s education sector as stable.

Zimsec said the country recorded an 84,67% pass rate for Zimsec “A” Level examinations, which was 3,68% higher compared to last year.

The 2021 Zimsec “A” Level results were released on Tuesday.

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Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe president Takavafira Zhou told NewsDay that there was nothing to write home about the 3,68% increase.

“We believe the results were a political decision by government to paint a good picture in the education sector,” Zhou said.

“I think the government, through (Zimsec), tries by all means to push for an agenda. We need broad engagement to come up with the new curriculum, and we need to revamp the education system so that it can provide survival skills after education.”

Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe president Obert Masaraure said: “We are all aware that the students never got prepared for the examinations, and there is a plot to paint that everything is normal in the education sector.”

Primary and Secondary Education ministry spokesperson Taungana Ndoro disputed the allegations.

“Facts do not lie, and I repeat that. No matter how they will try to tarnish the image of the government, facts don’t lie,” he said.

Government and teachers are currently at loggerheads over poor remuneration.

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