The Deputy Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Edgar Moyo, has said the Ministry is working in conjunction with the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) to come up with new acceptable registration fees for both June and November.
This comes when the Minister of Education made a dramatic U-turn and nuked the fees that ZIMSEC had proposed calling them unaffordable. In the meantime, students who want to write in June and November have to pay the old fees of $15 per subject for Ordinary Level while we wait for ZIMSEC and the Ministry to come up with new fees.
Initially, the actual examination fee was pegged at $190 per subject (O-level) but we later learnt that some parents could not afford to pay due to current economic challenges which is why the ministry reverted to the 2015 fees of $15 per subject while in the process of coming up with the exact examination fee that will also assist Zimsec board in preparation of the examinations.
No one has exact information or time frame on the outcome but what can be hazarded for now is that pupils that had already paid $190 for June examinations will be refunded their monies. We have asked the Government and various financing models to intervene and see how much they are willing to assist as a means to compensate the Zimsec board.
No updates on refunds
ZIMSEC meanwhile is still to issue refunds to parents who had done the honourable thing and accepted the old high fees. Some parents had already paid for their children but it now seems like they are being punished as ZIMSEC holds on to their money while inflation ravages it. It is probable that a refund will only come after the new fees have been arrived at. By then the money will probably be worthless.