Zimsec Workers Will Soon Be Required To Take Oath of Secrecy

by | Apr 12, 2023 | Latest, Local News | 0 comments

Yvonne Mutambwa
Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) workers who handle examination materials and those who work closely with the examination board will soon take an oath of secrecy once a new bill is passed into an Act.
The latest development will ensure that the quality of examination services matches world standards and arrest the vice of examination leakages by introducing stiffer penalties.
The bill, Principles of the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Amendment) Bill which seeks to strengthen the independence and efficiency of the ZIMSEC body was approved by the cabinet on Tuesday.
Addressing a post-cabinet brief yesterday, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa’s anomalies and developments in the education sector necessitated the amendment of the Zimsec Act (Chapter 25:18).
The bill will equip Zimsec with the necessary skilled people that can adequately meet the examination body’ mandate.
“Persons who handle examinations material and all those who work closely with ZIMSEC will take an oath of secrecy. Furthermore, a section will be introduced to deal with issues pertaining to conflict of interest among ZIMSEC employees and those that gain access to examination materials.
“Section 35 will be amended to provide additional offences and to further enumerate acts of examinations malpractice and their penalties.
“The nation is being informed that it is envisaged the proposals will ensure that the quality of examination services will continue to match world Page 13 of 14 standards. The Bill will also arrest the vice of examination leakages by introducing stiffer penalties in order to deal effectively with offenders,” she said.
She said the new Bill would give powers to the Board to withhold examination results pending investigations by ZIMSEC in cases of examination malpractice such as leakages.
“The Bill, therefore, seeks to align the Act with the various developments that have taken place since its enactment.
“Cabinet wishes to inform the nation that the Bill would be amended to give the power to deregister examination centres that do not comply with ZIMSEC standards of appropriate examination centres.
“The Bill will also strengthen the independence and efficiency of the ZIMSEC Board by equipping it with the necessary skilled persons that can adequately meet ZIMSEC’s mandate.
being informed that it is envisaged the proposals will ensure that the quality of examination services will continue to match world Page 13 of 14 standards. The Bill will also arrest the vice of examination leakages by introducing stiffer penalties in order to deal effectively with offenders,” she added.