The marking of ‘O’ and ‘A’ level Zimsec Exams has been stopped at various centers in Harare and Bulawayo after some teachers only got a third of their travel and subsistence allowances.
Teachers have been complaining that Zimsec failed to manage the smooth flow of the marking process even though it had ample time to prepare for the marking sessions during the national lockdown and most markers had not started marking because the government was not paying for dinner and accommodation hence distorting the marking sessions and today they have abandoned marking due to unpaid allowances.
Speaking to some of the teachers, 263times learnt that the teachers started getting their allowances on their phones this morning and realized that they were being given rtgs 7 000.
“Some of us have started receiving allowances this morning in Rtgs, some have received 7000 while other centers have already received the allowances between RTGS 27 000 and 30 000.’’ Said a teacher who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Teachers said this have increased the number of markers who now responded by abandoning the marking and staging demonstrations.
‘’This increased the markers who responded by abandoning the marking and staging demonstrations however we have been told that the issue is going to be resolved tomorrow.’’ She said.
Last week, the progressive Teachers Union Of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) secretary general Raymond Majongwe told 263times that if the markers are frustrated the quality of evaluation will be in jeopardy.
‘’The quality evaluation of public examinations is rooted in the morale of the examiners, If the markers are frustrated the quality of evaluation is in jeopardy.’’ He said.
Efforts to contact the Zimsec has been fruitless as their phones rang unanswered.
The Amalgamated Rural Teachers posted on their twitter handle that Zimsec and all involved in managing of public examinations should be ashamed.
”Zimsec and all involved in managing of our public exams should hang their hands in shame. The allowances paid to our markers are pathetic but again Zimsec is failing to pay the pathetic allowances in full. Join the 22 March Protest to #SaveOurEducationZW.” The post reads.