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Government Extends Deadline for Exam Fees, Easing Financial Pressure on Parents and Guardians

Parents and guardians breathe a sigh of relief as the government extends the deadline for payment of Ordinary and Advanced Level examination fees from March 23 to the first week of May.

This extension, welcomed as a gamechanger, provides much-needed time for families to gather the necessary funds.

Addressing concerns raised by legislators and parents regarding the initial deadline set by the Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec), Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Torerayi Moyo, announced the extension during a parliamentary session.

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The decision came amidst challenges faced by families, exacerbated by the El Nino-induced drought, making it difficult for many to meet the payment deadline.

The move to extend the deadline, up to the first week of May, aims to alleviate anxiety among parents and fears that numerous students would be unable to register for exams due to financial constraints.

The government assures the public of social protection measures in place for students facing financial difficulties, including the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM) for disadvantaged learners at primary and secondary levels, as well as loan facilities and work-for-tuition programs for tertiary education students.

Ministers emphasized the inevitability of paying tuition and examination fees, whether by the state or parents, highlighting various avenues available for financial assistance.

However, concerns were raised regarding the low uptake of loans and the need for students to proactively seek assistance if facing difficulties in meeting payment deadlines.

Parents are urged to adequately prepare for examination fees in advance, with reminders that the responsibility for payment remains with them, despite the extended deadline.

Zimsec clarifies that fees can be paid in Zimbabwe dollars at the interbank rate, with options still available for those wishing to pay in US dollars or South African rand.

The deadline extension receives positive feedback from parents like Mrs. Norah Maenzanise and Mr. Tinashe Ndlovu, providing them with much-needed relief and flexibility to manage their finances effectively.

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