Strikes and unmarked examinations deal a heavy blow to Zimbabwe education sector


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Strikes and unmarked examinations deal a heavy blow to Zimbabwe education sector

Reopening of schools across Zimbabwe was Wednesday postponed by Education authorities due to unmarked examinations of various grades written at the end of last year. Examinations markers as well as teachers went on strike much of last year over poor salaries. They have now joined other government workers demanding to be paid in foreign currency before resuming work. Grade Seven, ‘O’ Level and ‘A’ Level examinations written at the end of last year remain unmarked. In normal years, the results for the three examinations are released by November to allow parents to look for school places. It is estimated that more than 20,000 teachers have left the country in recent years, most of them last year alone, to look for greener pastures. Most colleges and universities have closed since early last year.

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