Schools or­dered to can­cel Form 1 en­trance tests

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pamela Shumba Se­nior Re­porter

SEC­ONDARY schools have been or­dered to can­cel en­trance tests for the 2017 Form One pupils and wait for the Grade Seven pub­lic ex­am­i­na­tion re­sults to start en­rol­ments.

The di­rec­tive comes at a time when sec­ondary schools in most parts of the coun­try have started con­duct­ing Form One en­trance tests as they pre­pare for next year.

The Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion, Mrs Sylvia Utete-Masango, yes­ter­day said it was il­le­gal for schools to con­duct en­trance tests be­fore the Grade Seven fi­nal ex­am­i­na­tion re­sults are out.

“It’s gov­ern­ment pol­icy that schools should go by the Grade Seven pub­lic ex­am­i­na­tion re­sults for them to of­fer Form One places. Se­lec­tion should be done on the ba­sis of these re­sults not the en­trance tests that they’re con­duct­ing at their schools.

“All the schools that have con­ducted or are plan­ning to con­duct en­trance tests are go­ing against gov­ern­ment pol­icy. They must can­cel the en­trance tests and wait for the Grade Seven re­sults. We’ll fol­low up through our struc­tures and make sure that our pro­vin­cial ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tors mon­i­tor their schools,” said Mrs UteteMasango.

On Sun­day, Minda High School in Maphisa, Mata­bele­land South in­vited pupils for an en­trance test on Au­gust 27.

Ac­cord­ing to the ad­ver­tise­ment, pupils are ex­pected to pro­duce Grade Six end of year re­sults, Grade Seven mid-year re­sults and cer­ti­fied copies of birth cer­tifi­cates.

The en­trance tests for the school will be con­ducted at its premises in Maphisa as well as at Bu­l­awayo’s St Pa­tricks Pri­mary School in Makokoba sub­urb and at Our Lady of As­sump­tion Catholic Church in Gwanda.

Last week par­ents seek­ing Form One places at John Tal­lach High School in Mata­bele­land North con­demned the school’s de­ci­sion to charge them $5 each for an en­trance test.

The school, which had the best 2015 Or­di­nary Level pub­lic ex­am­i­na­tion re­sults in Mata­bele­land North prov­ince, con­ducted Form One en­trance tests for 2017 at Them­biso Pri­mary School in Bu­l­awayo’s Lu­veve sub­urb.

The school in­vited more than 1 000 pupils, yet it can only cater for less than 150 pupils at Form One. — @ pame­lashumba1

Mrs Sylvia Utete-Masango

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