The chairperson of the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) has defended his organisation’s move last week to hike exam fees by more than 1100 per cent.
Professor Eddie Mwenje, who chairs the ZIMSEC board, says examinations are expensive to run and the fees hike was cost driven and they approved it after getting the necessary justification from the examination board’s management.
“Yes, the examination fees were reviewed. This comes after we did not review them last year. It is an expense to run an examination and we are cognisant of the fact that children should have a right to education,” he told the Chronicle.
Last week ZIMSEC increased examination fees to $190 per subject from $15 for Ordinary Level candidates and $351 per subject from $26 for Advanced Level candidates.
The exam fees are as follows:
O-Level fees per Subject
- School Candidates ZWL$190.00
- Private Candidates ZWL$190.00
- Extra-Territorial Candidates ZWL$443.00
A-Level Fees per Subject
- School Candidates ZWL$351.00
- Private Candidates ZWL$351.00
- Communication Skills ZWL$324.00
- Extra-Territorial Candidates ZWL$716.00
The closing date for payments and submission of entries for June 2020 examinations is 28 February 2020.
For November 2020 examinations, the closing date for payments and submission of entries is 27 March 2020 while the closing date for late entry is 15 May 2020.
For additional fees, amendment fees, late entry fees, penalties for late submission and mode of payment, download the ZIMSEC CANDIDATE FEES document.