The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has suspended the continuous assessment regime for ordinary and advanced level examination classes (Form 4 and 6) and tasks for all students.

Primary and Secondary Education Minister Professor Paul Mavima revealed this when he unveiled new learning materials for the new curriculum.

It’s a proclamation that will bring smiles to many stakeholders who had cited during the ministry’s consultative meetings that the tasks are too many and the continuous assessment regime was equally weighing on both teachers and students.

Minister Mavima launched the Textbook Dispatching Programme where 12 schools in Mashonaland East Province received 5 000 textbooks in the first batch.

The programme will cascade down to all other provinces.

Professor Mavima said the ministry is committed to implement the new education framework.

A UNICEF representative Mr Peter de-Vries – partners to the programme – said the new curriculum is one of the best education systems on the continent and they will continue supporting this government initiative.

The new education curriculum has been facing criticism from stakeholders who cited lack of the requisite training for teachers and limited learning material to compliment it as some of the challenges.

The first handover ceremony was held at Dunolly Primary School in Seke district.