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Zimbabwe Exams Council Says Parents Should Not Pay Fees in United States Dollars

FILE: Students studying on their own after schools shutdown due to a crippling civil service strike in 2021. (Columbus Mavhunga/VOA)

The Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) says fees for November examinations should not be paid in United States dollars even if they are pegged on the prevailing interbank rate.

In a statement recently, ZIMSEC said, “The 2022 examination fees are pegged against the USD however, parents and guardians are advised to pay the fees at the prevailing interbank rate, as at 22 July 2022, which will be communicated by ZIMSEC to all centres. Payments in USD are not to be made or accepted by school/centre heads. Parents and guardians must make payments at their respective centres during the period of 22 July to 29 July 2022.

“Parents/ Guardians and Candidates must take heed of the registration period of 22 July to 29 July 2022 and closing dates given to them by their respective school or centre so as to avoid irregularities in their registration. No payments should be made directly into the ZIMSEC account by Parents/ Guardians, centres are requested not to allow individual candidates to make their own deposits into the ZIMSEC Account.”

ZIMSEC also noted that the government will be subsidizing examination fees by 55 % for candidates in public schools, local authority schools and not for profit mission schools.

“All candidates in private schools and colleges, including private candidates in public schools will pay the full cost of the examination fees.”

Private candidates sitting for Advanced Level examinations are expected to pay US$48 for all subjects while those at ordinary Level are set to fork out US$24.

Candidates sitting for Grade 7 examinations will pay US$10 and those writing for Ordinary and Advanced Level exams US$11 and US$22 respectively. The government is expected to pay US$12, US$13 and US$26 for Grade 7, Ordinary and Advanced Level examinations respectively.

Fees paid by parents and guardians, said ZIMSEC, “is payable in ZWL at intermarket rate as at 22 July, 2022.”