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08/02/2018 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter
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HARARE: Primary and Secondary Education Minister Paul Mavhima has nullified the results of last year's November Ordinary Level English examination due to widespread cheating.

Mavhima said Paper 11 of the exam will now be retaken next week.

"I would like to advise that the November (2017) Ordinary Level English Language Paper 2 will be retake on Friday 16 February 2018 from 10:00 to 12:00hrs.

"All results for November 2017 English Language Paper 2 have been nullified. This follows the widespread cheating in the paper exacerbated by the social media and identified during the November 2017 examination session," said Mavhima.

The minister added that the cheating was discovered during the exam last year and validated during marking.

"It was reported in the press during the examination and subsequently validated during the marking of candidate scripts. I regret the inconvenience and general stakeholder disaffection that this decision will cause.

"I would want to emphasize that this drastic decision has been arrived at after painstaking and agonising consideration," he said adding the extent of the cheating had left authorities with no option.

"In the final analysis, the decision has been necessitated by the need to maintain and preserve the national examination system.

“It is regrettable that some innocent candidates will be inconvenienced by this remedial action, but the circumstances of the cheating left no other alternative."

Mavhima said reseating of the paper was however not open to those who had been prosecuted or convicted of cheating.


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