Grade 7 exams may be removed, forever

PRIMARY and Secondary Education Minister Torerai Moyo has proposed the abolishment of the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec Grade Seven examinations in line with international best practices and strengthening continuous assessment tests.

He suggested that learners write their first public examinations at O- level. Minister Movo said this on the sidelines of the Bulawavo Provincial Taskforce on Drugs and Substance Abuse meeting on Sunday.

He said scrapping Grade Seven examinations will help reduce the chances of learners being exposed to societal ills. “In my personal opinion, it is important for us to eliminate Grade Seven examinations and continue with continuous assessment even at Grade Seven.

When they are transitioning to Form One, they can use their third-term report,” said Minister Moyo. “When enrolling them for Form One, secondary schools can give them assessment tests.”

Minister Moyo said some developed countries, which have scrapped Grade Seven examinations, are doing well. Agencies

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