On the 23rd of August 2019 the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council’s printing press was commissioned by His Excellency, the Head of State and President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Cde Dr Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangwagwa.

The event was held at the ZIMSEC Printing facility in Norton and was graced by the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Honourable Professor Paul Mavima who led the proceedings on behalf of His Excellency. Minister of State for Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs Mary Mliswa-Chikoka welcomed ZIMSEC to the Province hailing the grand initiative of bringing such a secure facility into the Town, as it shows confidence in the community and authorities.

The commissioning was graced by guest from various Government ministries and departments, captains of industry and media fraternity.

The Chairman of the ZIMSEC Board Professor Eddie Mwenje Opening Remarks

In one of his speeches His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe said “We now want Zimbabwe to catch up with the rest of the countries in the region and across the world…..” He was, of course, referring to many aspects of the Zimbabwean economy but what this reminds me of, is the appropriateness of this quote to the developments here today. This project puts Zimbabwe at par with those countries in the region and beyond that print their own examination materials. Today we are all gathered here to witness and celebrate with The Zimbabwe School Examinations Council as they take charge of one of the most important process in the examination cycle; printing.

The Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC), the custodian of the school examination system in the country, is seized with the mandate to maintain the credibility of this system and preserve the integrity of the qualifications which are awarded to candidates. In that regard, under the visionary leadership of a former ZIMSEC director, Mr. Happy Ndanga, ZIMSEC embarked on gaining the full control of printing question papers at the three levels of examinations by building a printing facility which would house a state of the art printing press at its Norton premises. The construction of the facility began in 2011 was completed in 2015. By this time, Mr E. Nhandara had taken over at the helm of the Council and faithfully continued with the project and in 2016 a tender was awarded to Canon South Africa to supply and install a printing press. It is prudent for me to mention that the agreement with the supplier was that the supply and installation of the printer was for upfront payments at identified intervals of the process. The installation of the printer was completed in 2018 however; the machine could not be commissioned due to an outstanding amount of USD1.3million. Canon South Africa, the supplier of the printing press accepted a payment plan for the outstanding USD1.3million of which, after the first tranche was paid Canon South Africa agreed to commission the printing press. I wish to assure the nation that the control of printing examinations by ZIMSEC was on course until we faced the challenges of securing foreign currency to fulfil the payment obligations as had been agreed with the supplier.
As an examinations board, ZIMSEC offers three examination sessions every year that is Grade 7 which is set for early October, Ordinary and Advanced Levels June and November sessions. In order to print and distribute the examination papers the printing of examinations must start in February every year up stretching through to September therefore; decisions relating to printing of examination materials must always be made well in advance to avoid bottlenecks in the provision of the needed examination materials.
Ladies and Gentlemen it is my single privilege and honour to welcome you all, on behalf of the entire ZIMSEC board, management and staff to the commissioning of the ZIMSEC printing press.


Zimsec Printing Facility

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