Ap­peal for na­tion­wide stake­holder vig­i­lance dur­ing the Novem­ber 2016 exam sea­son

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THE Zim­babwe School Ex­am­i­na­tions Coun­cil (Zim­sec) wishes to in­form all its stake­hold­ers es­pe­cially Ex­am­i­na­tion Cen­tre Heads and can­di­dates that the Zim­sec 2016 Ex­am­i­na­tions sea­son has be­gun in earnest and, there­fore, all mea­sures should be taken to en­sure the se­cu­rity of the ex­am­i­na­tions. Zim­sec has taken all nec­es­sary steps within its ca­pa­bil­i­ties to en­sure that all de­serv­ing can­di­dates ac­cess this ex­am­i­na­tion with min­i­mal dis­rup­tion and with­out prej­u­dice.

The Coun­cil is ap­peal­ing to all its stake­hold­ers in­di­vid­u­ally and sev­er­ally to be vig­i­lant and be on the look­out for rogue el­e­ments in the midst of our com­mu­ni­ties that are bent on dis­cred­it­ing our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem by vi­o­lat­ing the in­tegrity of our ex­am­i­na­tions.

Heads of ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tres, schools and all in­sti­tu­tions that han­dle ex­am­i­na­tion ma­te­ri­als are ad­vised to in­crease se­cu­rity in and around their premises es­pe­cially at night to en­sure that ex­am­i­na­tion ma­te­ri­als in their cus­tody are not stolen and sold to the pub­lic or pre­ma­turely opened. Cen­tres are en­cour­aged to be on the look­out for some peo­ple within the sys­tem who col­lude to pre­ma­turely open ques­tion pa­pers and coach in­di­vid­ual stu­dents or groups us­ing ex­am­i­na­tion ques­tions they pre­tend to have ‘spot­ted’.

Can­di­dates are warned not to en­ter­tain any per­sons pur­port­ing to be sell­ing ex­am­i­na­tion ques­tions but to re­port them to the po­lice or Zim­sec.

Can­di­dates are en­cour­aged not to par­tic­i­pate in any forms of ex­am­i­na­tion mal­prac­tice be­cause this would re­sult in their ex­am­i­na­tion re­sults be­ing can­celled and them be­ing barred from tak­ing Zim­sec ex­am­i­na­tions for two years. Be wise and re­port ex­am­i­na­tion mal­prac­tice.

The Coun­cil, in con­junc­tion with the po­lice has de­ployed armed law en­force­ment agents in all strate­gic ex­am­i­na­tion hold­ing cen­tres na­tion­wide to deal with any in­di­vid­u­als in­clud­ing teach­ers, head­mas­ters, ad­min­is­tra­tors and any mem­bers of the pub­lic bent on breach­ing the se­cu­rity of its ex­am­i­na­tions. The com­mu­nity is ad­vised that the de­ployed armed law en­force­ment de­tails are un­der strict in­struc­tions to deal de­ci­sively with any­one who threat­ens the se­cu­rity of ex­am­i­na­tions.

We, there­fore, ad­vise you to en­sure that you ob­serve the fol­low­ing:

1. Schools and Clus­ter Cen­tres should co­op­er­ate and ac­com­mo­date the se­cu­rity of­fi­cers de­ployed in their cen­tres dur­ing the course of the ex­am­i­na­tions.

2. Ex­am­i­na­tion Cen­tres should en­sure that they have se­cure strong rooms and chub safes to store and se­cure ex­am­i­na­tion ma­te­ri­als.

3. Ex­am­i­na­tion reg­u­la­tions should be ob­served to the let­ter by all ex­am­i­na­tion ad­min­is­tra­tors.

4. Ex­am­i­na­tion Cen­tres should put in place a 24/7 in­ter­nal se­cu­rity ar­range­ment to en­sure that in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal per­son­nel and can­di­dates do not pre-ma­turely ac­cess the ex­am­i­na­tions.

5. Ex­am­i­na­tion Cen­tres should be on the look­out for in­di­vid­u­als and groups that con­vene ex­am­i­na­tion coach­ing vig­ils with ex­ag­ger­ated ur­gency dur­ing this pe­riod.

6. Heads of cen­tres should take an ac­tive in­ter­est in the na­ture of the con­tent that is cir­cu­lat­ing in tu­to­rial groups dur­ing swot leave.

7. Schools shall not keep ques­tion pa­pers for more than two con­sec­u­tive ex­am­i­na­tions. All ques­tion pa­pers shall, there­fore, be kept at Clus­ter Dis­tri­bu­tion Cen­tres with armed se­cu­rity de­tails.

8. Zim­sec and the Min­istry of Pri­mary and Se­condary Ed­u­ca­tion have de­ployed ex­am­i­na­tions mon­i­tor­ing teams through­out the coun­try to en­sure max­i­mum ad­her­ence to ex­am­i­na­tion reg­u­la­tions. Please co­op­er­ate with them and as­sist with any in­for­ma­tion that will lead to the curb­ing of ex­am­i­na­tion mal­prac­tice.

9. There would be some de­trac­tors who will go about con­ning can­di­dates that they have the cur­rent ex­am­i­na­tion year’s ques­tion pa­pers. Alert Zim­sec im­me­di­ately.

10. Let us pro­tect both our can­di­dates and the ex­am­i­na­tion sys­tem from fraud­sters.

11. In­vig­i­la­tors must be peo­ple of im­pec­ca­ble pro­fes­sional stand­ing and in­tegrity. Those pro­fes­sion­als who stoop low to fa­cil­i­tate cheat­ing in the ex­am­i­na­tions must be ex­posed and ex­cluded from the sys­tem.

12. Should mem­bers of the com­mu­nity con­tinue to tol­er­ate and ac­com­mo­date ex­am­i­na­tion thieves and cheats who con­tinue to plun­der our ex­am­i­na­tions with im­punity with­out re­port­ing them, Zim­sec will be left with no choice but to can­cel with­out re­place­ment any Cen­tre’s ex­am­i­na­tions whose can­di­dates are im­pli­cated in ex­am­i­na­tion cheat­ing. Such cen­tres will have their can­di­dates barred from tak­ing any Zim­sec ex­am­i­na­tions for two years with­out re­course.

We have an obli­ga­tion to en­sure that we de­liver a cred­i­ble, valid and re­li­able ex­am­i­na­tion to all our can­di­dates and we en­deav­our to do so with­out dis­rup­tion from un­co­op­er­a­tive mem­bers of so­ci­ety.

Zim­sec takes this op­por­tu­nity to wish all can­di­dates the best in the forth­com­ing final ex­am­i­na­tions.

Should you wish to re­port any form of ex­am­i­na­tion mal­prac­tice please call or What­sApp Zim­sec on 0772 148786 or call any of the fol­low­ing numbers 04-302622-4; 307800

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