THE Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) has been sucked into yet another scandal after one of its questions in the Grade 7 mathematics multiple choice paper failed to provide the correct answer.
This comes after last year’s Ndebele examination caused a furore, with some criticising Zimsec for using slang in examining the pupils.
Zimsec latest boob reportedly caused confusion during last Tuesday’s mathematics examination, as some learners summoned invigilators telling them there was no correct option in the listed answers for question number 39.
The question read: “A deposit of $200 was paid for an article marked $10 000. If the balance was to be paid in 20 months, what was the monthly instalment?”
The answers were given as $500, $400, $50 and $10 and yet the correct answer was supposed to be $490.
“We did not know how to respond from the queries by the learners at the end. Even those who had not realised the anomaly finally discovered it as some of the people’s shouted out that there was no answer,” said a teacher who requested anonymity.
“In such cases, a free mark is usually awarded for all the pupils who sat for the examination,” the teacher said.
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Zimsec has in the past made several mistakes in its examinations compromising the country’s education system.
No comment could be obtained from Zimsec at the time of going to print.