SA to pro­vide Zim­sec ex­ams

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Paidamoyo Chipunza Harare Bu­reau

ZIM­BAB­WEAN chil­dren stay­ing with their par­ents in South Africa could soon be able to write Zim­sec ex­am­i­na­tions from that coun­try, once the two coun­tries con­clude a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing that is be­ing crafted.

There has not been an ar­range­ment al­low­ing Zim­bab­weans based in South Africa to write lo­cal ex­am­i­na­tions while stay­ing in that coun­try.

How­ever, up­dat­ing jour­nal­ists on progress made so far in re­la­tion to the MOU, Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Dr Lazarus Dokora, said they have now agreed on the ac­tual text of how his min­istry and that of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion in South Africa would col­lab­o­rate.

“We have now agreed on the ac­tual text and this text is what will now be trans­mit­ted to Min­istries of For­eign Af­fairs in both coun­tries for pur­poses of now de­vel­op­ing an MOU frame­work and then pro­ceed to the At­tor­ney Gen­er­als of the two coun­tries so that we get a bind­ing doc­u­ment be­tween the two Min­istries,” said Dr Dokora.

He said ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of Zim­bab­wean stu­dents liv­ing in South Africa writ­ing Zim­sec ex­am­i­na­tions from that coun­try, was one of the ar­eas agreed by both coun­tries.

“Zim­sec would also pur­sue fur­ther dis­cus­sions with the qual­ity as­sur­ance au­thor­ity in South Africa with a view to fa­cil­i­tate the writ­ing of Zim­sec ex­am­i­na­tions by Zim­bab­weans in South Africa,” said Dr Dokora.

“In­stead of Zim­bab­weans send­ing their chil­dren back here to write ex­am­i­na­tions, we are ask­ing for Zim­sec au­thor­ity to be pre­sent­ing those ex­am­i­na­tions to South Africa.”

He said the two coun­tries were also look­ing for­ward to pro­fes­sion­al­is­ing the teach­ing pro­fes­sion through reg­u­la­tions that would see li­cen­sure of teach­ers, mi­gra­tion of scarce skills to South Africa and is­sues of sup­ply and de­mand of teach­ers be­ing ad­dressed.

Cur­rently, there is no record of how many Zim­bab­wean teach­ers were liv­ing and work­ing in South Africa, yet hun­dreds have mi­grated to that coun­try seek­ing greener pas­tures.

Dr Dokora said some of these devel­op­ments were aimed at ad­dress­ing chal­lenges faced by these teach­ers work­ing in South Africa whose rights were not ad­e­quately pro­tected by cur­rent reg­u­la­tions.

He said the MOU would also see Zim­babwe and South Africa col­lab­o­rat­ing on strength­en­ing of cur­ricu­lum in­no­va­tion and devel­op­ment, in­fra­struc­ture devel­op­ment, an­nual sports sci­ence arts fes­ti­vals and ed­u­ca­tion con­fer­ence and ex­pos.

The pro­posed MOU fol­lowed an of­fi­cial visit by South Africa’s Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter An­gelina Mot­shekga to Harare last month where these ar­eas of col­lab­o­ra­tion were iden­ti­fied and de­lib­er­ated on.

Min­is­ter Mot­shekga also ad­dressed South African jour­nal­ists at the same time with his Zim­bab­wean coun­ter­part on these devel­op­ments and progress made to date.

Both min­is­ters ex­pected the MoU to be signed be­fore the end of the year.

Zim­babwe and South Africa have strong re­la­tions and the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor was one of the ar­eas that had re­mained op­er­at­ing in­for­mally, re­sult­ing in some Zim­bab­wean ed­u­ca­tors be­ing taken ad­van­tage of by some pri­vate schools across the Lim­popo.

It is en­vis­aged that the pro­posed ar­range­ments would bring san­ity in the two coun­tries’ ed­u­ca­tion sec­tors.

Dr Lazarus Dokora

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