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ZIMSEC cancels results of 5000 O Level students

The Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) has made a stunning announcement, cancelling the results of nearly 5,000 students who sat for the 2022 O Level examinations.

The examination body conducted a widespread crackdown, nullifying results for a staggering 4,961 students who were caught cheating during the examinations.

Some of the examination cheats managed to access the papers before the exams due to the leaking of papers. Others, however, were caught during the marking and grading stages.

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In a statement issued on Friday, February 3rd, the chairperson of the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) board, Eddie Mwenje, revealed that the results of nearly 5,000 students that have been cancelled represent a significant 1.78% of the total candidate entry.

Part of the statement reads:


Candidates who had pre-access to question papers at different examination centres were identified during the writing of the examinations and also at the marking of scripts and grade review stages.

The results of such candidates were nullified for the subjects in question in accordance with the ZIMSEC Act section 34.

Candidates, headmasters and members of the public who were caught posting question papers on WhatsApp and those buying them were arrested and appeared in court.

All other practices that contravened the ZIMSEC Act were brought to the attention of ZIMSEC by respective schools.

As a result of the combined investigation reports from schools, and the identification of culprits at the marking and grade reviews stages, a total of 4 961 candidates had results nullified.

This number is out of 278 760 who registered for the Ordinary Level examination. The number represents 1.78% of the total candidate entry.

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