Zim­sec post­pones A-Level Bi­ol­ogy exam

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

THE Zimbabwe Schools Ex­am­i­na­tions Coun­cil (Zim­sec) has post­poned an Ad­vanced Level Bi­ol­ogy ex­am­i­na­tion due to a short­age of ma­te­ri­als re­quired for the pa­per.

The ex­am­i­na­tion body sent cir­cu­lars to all ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tres last week in­form­ing them that the practical test for Bi­ol­ogy Pa­per 4, which was set for Novem­ber 3, had been post­poned to Novem­ber 24. The post­pone­ment had raised fears that the pa­per may have leaked amid spec­u­la­tion that it was cir­cu­lat­ing in Harare, forc­ing Zim­sec to change the ex­am­i­na­tion dates.

How­ever, Zim­sec pub­lic re­la­tions man­ager Ms Nicky Dlamini yes­ter­day dis­missed the spec­u­la­tion and said the post­pone­ment was due to the un­avail­abil­ity of some ma­te­ri­als re­quired for the practical test.

“No pa­per leaked. We re­alised that there are some ma­te­ri­als re­quired for the ex­am­i­na­tion that were not avail­able. We de­cided to post­pone while we wait for the ma­te­ri­als.

“We sent cir­cu­lars to all schools and ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tres in­form­ing them about the de­vel­op­ment and this was done well in ad­vance. On Novem­ber 24, all the ma­te­rial re­quired will be avail­able and can­di­dates will be able to sit for the ex­am­i­na­tion,” said Ms Dlamini.

In an ur­gent no­tice cir­cu­lated to all ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tres, Zim­sec said the post­pone­ment of the ex­am­i­na­tion was due to challenges be­yond its con­trol.

“Please be ad­vised that Bi­ol­ogy Pa­per 4 practical test has been post­poned from Novem­ber 3 to Novem­ber 24 due to challenges be­yond our con­trol in sourc­ing the req­ui­site ma­te­ri­als for the practical test.

“Heads of cen­tres con­cerned please be ad­vised to take note and im­ple­ment the new ex­am­i­na­tion date. All mem­bers of staff and af­fected can­di­dates should be ad­vised ac­cord­ingly. In or­der to guard against the risk of open­ing the ques­tion pa­per on the wrong date, re­gional and clus­ter man­agers are ad­vised to with­hold and quar­an­tine the Bi­ol­ogy pa­per un­til Novem­ber 24, 2016,” reads part of the no­tice from Zim­sec.

Of­fi­cials from schools in Bu­l­awayo con­firmed that they re­ceived cir­cu­lars from Zim­sec last week in­form­ing them about the post­pone­ment.

“Zim­sec com­mu­ni­cated the de­vel­op­ments and all the can­di­dates were in­formed. We were told that some ma­te­ri­als re­quired for the ex­am­i­na­tion were not yet avail­able.

“We hope that they will be avail­able when the can­di­dates sit for the ex­am­i­na­tion on Novem­ber 24,” said an of­fi­cial at one of the high schools in Bu­l­awayo who re­quested anonymity.

Some can­di­dates said the post­pone­ment had dis­rupted their plans.

“As can­di­dates, we want to write ex­am­i­na­tions once and for all with­out dis­tur­bances,” said one pupil. — @pame­lashumba1

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