Zimbabwe: Govt Reverses New Examination Fees

19 February 2020

Government has with immediate effect cancelled the new 2020 examination fees and reverted to the old fees approved in 2015.

This was announced by Primary and Secondary Education Minister Ambassador Cain Mathema in a press briefing held in Harare this morning.

Ambassador Mathema said following publication of the 2020 public examination fees, it has been found necessary to carry out further consultations. He said new fees will be announced after further consultations with various stakeholders.

"While the examination fees that were published are based on the actual cost of each examination, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education would like to inform parents and guardians that following further representations, the recently released circular on the 2020 examination fees has been cancelled with immediate effect," he said.

"New fees will be announced after further consultations have been made with all the relevant stakeholders. Parents and guardians are therefore advised to continue paying the old fees approved in 2015. Please be advised that the deadlines for examination fees payment remain the same," Min Mathema said.

The examination fees that were increased to $190 from $15 for Ordinary Level candidates and $351 from $26 for Advanced Level candidates were beyond the reach of many and there was outrage over the decision. The $190 for O' Level was applying to both public and private candidates and to A' Level fees.

Foreign candidates were required to fork $443 to register for an O' Level subject while the amendment fees for a subject at O' Level was now pegged at $89. Addition of a new subject would have costed $228.

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