PUBLIC examinations for Ordinary Level candidates will spill into January next year, while results for Grade Seven candidates will be released before year-end to allow parents adequate time to secure Form One places for their children.
The examinations begin on December 1 with around 1,2 million candidates having registered to sit for the exams countrywide.
Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) dl said that Grade 7 candidates will sit first.
Advanced Level examinations will be completed by year-end.
Around 600 000 pupils will sit for Grade Seven examinations, while about 400 000 have registered for the Ordinary Level exams with nearly 200 000 candidates set to sit for the Advanced Level exams.
Exam classes are undergoing an intense crash programme to ensure that learners catch up on lost learning time.
Pupils sitting for the Cambridge examinations are already halfway through their exams, which started on October 1 and are ending on November 18.
About 50 000 pupils are sitting for Cambridge examinations at 118 private schools across the country.
Educationist Dr Cephas Nziramasanga proposed “lenient examinations” in light of the uncertain circumstances that learners have faced.
“We are now left with a month before the examinations start and given the circumstances, there are two options that are there, the first one being that they can stop the examinations and let pupils write when they are ready,” he said.
“The second option is that they let the pupils sit for the examinations with the markers being lenient and understanding.
“Personally I would go for the second option so that pupils can proceed to the next level.
“I think the examinations should be ‘soft’ so that pupils are tested on issues that they know and we hope they pass so that they go to next stage.
“It must be a win-win situation for everyone.”
Examination preparations for pupils have been hampered by failure by some teachers to report for duty.
The teachers are however, expected to report for duty as Government has said it will continue to improve the welfare of civil servants.