ZEC blunders on Geography paper force ‘O’ level to sit for exam in darkness

Some Ordinary Level students from various schools across the country were forced to sit for their exams at night after ZIMSEC distributed an incomplete Geography paper.

iHarare has learned from online publication  New Zimbabwe that some students who sat for their Ordinary Level Geography Paper 1 multiple-choice exam on Tuesday were shocked to find their exam question paper had no map to refer to during the crucial test as it had been omitted.

It has emerged that some students had to write the exam in the evening at 8 pm on the same day as they waited for new exam question papers.  However, some students are reported to have written the exam without the benefit of the map, which was missing on some of the copies.

The matter came to light, during a question-and-answer session at Parliament on Wednesday after Norton legislator Temba Mliswa queried why such a gross error had not been realized before exams started. Mliswa demanded that Primary and Secondary Education minister Cain Mathema present a ministerial statement over the matter which he described it as “serious”.

“I have just been informed in my constituency that the geography exams paper had no map countrywide. Why a paper was written without a map. We want an answer from the minister.”

“How many more exams will be written without such a Geography paper for that matter?”

“May I have a ministerial statement tomorrow? This is a serious issue. The whole country having an exam with such an omission,” said an emotional Mliswa.

It is still not yet clear how such an omission came about. However, the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Tsitsi Gezi said that the minister will have to give feedback on the matter next week when Parliament sits again after they have investigated what caused such an anomaly.

–New Zimbabwe.com

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