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2012 'O' Level results: Manifestations of a neglected generation
Movement of Zimbabwe (SCMZ)
February 08, 2013
if good people fall seven times, they will get back up, But when
trouble strikes the wicked, that's the end of them"
SCMZ is deeply
disturbed by the poor 2012 'O' Level results that have
been making the news headlines, lately. The decline of the country's
once well-regarded education system has been relegated to the peripheries
of the country`s top priorities, while the responsible parties waste
time and resources on cheap blame game and party politicking. Years
down the line, concrete proof has manifested itself through the
2012 'O' Level results which saw candidates failing
dismally. 2012 examination statistical reports shows that only 31
767 pupils' attained passes in five subjects out of 172 698
who sat for the public examinations. The pass rate translates to
18.4 percent, a drop from last year's 19.5 percent. It is
further reported that male candidates performed better than their
female counterparts. This outcome becomes a point of concern to
SCMZ as we have the welfare of students at heart.
It is quite
disheartening that regardless of all the glaring pointers, no one
wants to take the responsibility. Some have blamed teachers who
are not serious and committed to the upliftment of education. However,
according to the Education, Sports and Culture Minister, Senator
David Coltart, the blame is on the Government's failure to
improve teacher's salaries and working conditions. It then
becomes ironic that while teachers are to blame for their lack of
commitment, the Government's actions are justified regardless
of obtrusive misappropriation of large amounts of funds under the
guise of the so-called national priorities. Unfortunately for the
deprived students, they have had to pay the price the hard way as
this can be a permanent threat to their development and growth in
life. The concern is that this lack of accountability is seriously
decreasing the standards of education in Zimbabwe.
More blame has
been directed to the commercialisation of education. When the country
gained independence in 1980, the new government introduced a policy
of free education in a bid to educate the majority of the population
who were sidelined through colonial discrimination and inequalities.
Eventually, 33 years down the line; it is unfortunate that education
has become expensive and a profit making business. As a result,
corruption in terms of entry requirements, studies and examinations
has become the norm for many schools. It is important for the government
to look seriously into the wellbeing of teachers if Zimbabwe is
to reclaim its position on the literacy radar.
shows that since government scrapped the Zimbabwe Junior Certificate
examinations and localised 'O' and 'A' Level
examinations in the mid-1990s, education standards have been tumbling.
The Junior Certificate examinations were a good way of monitoring
the quality of education that is being offered in schools and it
served as an opportunity to correct all mistakes and fix all stumbling
blocks in preparation for the best in Ordinary Level. Not only did
it monitor the quality of education, but it also inserted some seriousness
in students as they would aim to perform better. It is important
for the government to reconsider introducing the Zimbabwe Junior
While no one
can willingly come afore and take responsibility of such a dismal
performance, it is high time the Government of National Unity swallows
its pride and own up where it has erred, for without a well fed
education system our developmental dream will never see the light
of day. There is need for a holistic approach by the government
to restore the standardisation of the country's education
system. To fellow brothers and sisters who did not make it, SCMZ
urges you not to lose hope for the Bible says that God understands
and prepares us for whatever challenges we encounter in our lives
- Proverbs 24:16. MAY PEACE PREVAIL AMONGST US!
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