zimsec logo ed.jpgThe Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (ZIMSEC) says it is fully prepared for the forthcoming national Ordinary and Advanced Level examinations that will begin Tuesday the  19th and the 25th of this month respectively.


In an interview with ZBC News, ZIMSEC Information and Public Relations Manager, Mr Ezekiel Pasipamire said all examination materials are now at examination centres.


The council assured parents and stakeholders that they will conduct spot checks at examination centres to monitor the adherence to examination procedures by all centres.


This year, the national examination board registered 229 198 candidates for ‘O’ Level, up from 137 000 in 2009 and 27 000 for ‘A’ Level, up from 25 000 in 2009.


Mr Pasipamire said the government has helped around 4 500 candidates who could not pay for their examination fees through the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM) programme, adding that candidates will only be allowed to sit for examinations they registered for.


Responding to questions on examination papers finding their way to the streets, he said leakages were not a problem of Zimsec but sometimes headmasters were at fault as they are the ones who organise the transportation of examination papers from holding centres to their schools.