Zimsec marks exams electronically for the first time

The Zimbabwe Schools Examinations Council body is for the first time electronically marking some examination papers, according to the body's public relations officer.

Zimsec began marking the June examinations last Friday, using the electronic method.

The marking session ends on 30 July. “We are happy because, for the first time, Zimsec is marking scripts electronically for Ordinary Level Mathematics Paper 1and Integrated Science Paper 3 during the June marking session,” the Public Relations Officer, Ezekiel Pasipamire, said in a statement.

The development, if adopted on a wide scale, is hoped to restore credibility to Zimsec that over the years has been dogged by inefficiency in the marking of papers.

The local examinations body has been accused of mixing up results, failing to meet deadlines and losing scripts.

Zimsec took over the running of public examinations in the nineties after the government dumped the Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate.

Students, however, still have the option to sit for the Cambridge examinations which are still locally available.

Zimsec, which depends on government grants and examination fees charged on candidates who sit for Ordinary and Advanced Level examinations, has over the years been faced with financial problems and lack of resources to effectively run examinations.

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