GRADE seven candidates will be the first to sit for the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) public exams in December, with results set to be published in the same month to allow them enough time to look for Form One places.
The exams are set to begin on the 1st of December.
Advanced Level exams will also be written in the same month, while exams for Ordinary Level candidates are expected to spill into January 2021.
About 1,2 million learners will be sitting for their exams this year.
Preparations have already begun following an announcement of the schools reopening date by the government.
Schools are set to reopen on September 28 for Zimsec exam classes only.
Cambridge classes will reopen on September 14, with exams beginning on October 1.
Speaking to The Sunday Mail Zimsec board chairperson Professor Eddie Mwenje said after the timetables have been drafted, there would be extensive consultations with various stakeholders, after which they will be shared with the candidates.
“Examinations will start on December 1, with Grade Seven candidates being the first to sit for the exams. This will enable their answer scripts to be marked and the results to be published in December so that parents have enough time to look for Form One places.
“Advanced Level candidates will also write and complete their examinations in December, while the Ordinary Level classes will be the ones that will have their examinations spill into January. Zimsec is now seized with the drafting of the timetables, which will be shared with stakeholders before they are released to the students.”
Prof Mwenje said the printing of Grade Seven examination papers has since been completed.
The exams management body said it is now printing exam papers for Ordinary and Advanced Level candidates.
An assessment of centres across the country for suitability to hold exams is also currently underway.