The Zimbabwe School Examinations Council has reached out to assist schools in the Chimani- mani district where Cyclone Idai left a trail of destruction in March of this year.


After the Cyclone struck, ZIMSEC sent a Rapid Response Team to visit the badly affected areas. This team’s purview was assessing how to ensure that their biggest stakeholders, which are the candidates, would successfully to write the June examinations and register for the November examination session. The Team spent 6 days visiting various examinations centres including Mutsvangwa, Biriri and Ndima Secondary Schools which were marooned by the flooded rivers and suffered immense damage of school infrastructure. Schools suffered a great deal of loss due to the heavy and incessant rains losing valuable teaching and learning materials.


ZIMSEC has donated a full set of Ordinary Level and Advanced Level question and Answer booklets to 16 schools in the Chimanimani District. With the help of its stakeholders Peace Security and Automated Business Forms, the Council was also able to purchase and donate much needed exercise books and pens to the Secondary Schools. Ngangu Primary School received a generous donation of Grade 7 booklets, and New Curriculum Text books for the lower grades to assist Teachers in their quest to build and capacitate the next generation.


Speaking to the District Schools Inspector for Chimanimani District at the handover ceremony held at the Chimanimani Centre the Public Relations Manager Ms Nicholette Dhlamini, expressed the Councils desire to support the development and education of the Zimbabwean Child. In a statement from the Director of ZIMSEC, Dr. Lazarus Nembaware, read in absentia, he expressed “the urgent need for all partners and friends of education in Zimbabwe to join hands to ensure that the affected schools receive assistance. The right to education for the children should be upheld and it is our hope that this humble donation will be the first of many and that those who had registered for the ZIMSEC examinations will not be disadvantaged in any way. Through the ZIMSEC Regional Manager we have mapped out Cluster centres whose routes for question paper distribution and collection are shorter and accessible for all schools.”


The donations were received by the DSI Chimanimani Mr Chikangwe and his team on behalf of the schools. In his acceptance speech, Mr. Chikangwe expressed deep gratitude on behalf of the District and the schools, “this donation will go a long way in assisting our teachers produce the good results that have seen schools in the district become popular for.” said Chikangwe.



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