The Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (ZIMSEC) last week extended the deadline for the submission of Continuous Assessment Learning Activities (CALA) work by a week.

Schools were expected to have submitted CALA by Tuesday last week but ZIMSEC extended the deadline to today.

Some schools had failed to meet the deadline prompting the extension by the examinations body. ZIMSEC director, Lazarus Nembaware said:

CALA was extended by a week because most schools were facing logistical challenges.

However we understand that schools are now ready to submit, with ZIMSEC set to receive the grading from the schools.

He said examinations were progressing well without any challenges.

Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education spokesperson Taungana Ndoro said there were very few coronavirus cases in schools. He said:

So far everything is going on well. Of course cases of COVID-19 are there in schools but there are only a few.

Students who test positive will be quarantined or isolated but will still be able to sit for examinations.

Schools are implementing the Ministry’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and the WHO guidelines.

Some 338 000 Grade Seven pupils, 255 000 Ordinary Level and 50 000 Advanced Level candidates are sitting for the 2021 ZIMSEC examinations.