Colleges rip off external candidates

PROSPECTIVE external candidates for the Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec) ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level November examinations in Bulawayo are reportedly being forced by private colleges to sit for extra subjects in order to pay a reduced centre fee.


Most colleges are charging $50 as centre fees. The centre fee is a charge levied on non-tuition paying candidates registering for examinations only.

According to the Zimsec website, closing dates for payments and submission of electronic registration CDs (‘A’ Level) for the November examinations is tomorrow.

However, late payments and submission of entries may be accepted without a penalty up to May 23.

A snap survey yesterday revealed that Eastview High School in Mahatshula has pegged the centre fee at $50 and $13 per subject; Denmark College is only admitting candidates for arts subjects while the Zimbabwe Education College is charging $50.

Officials at Foundation College said their registration fee was $50. Prospective candidates are referred to Eastview High School offices.

“We are no longer taking candidates, but you can inquire at Eastview High School. It’s our sister school,” said the official.

Herentials College officials said they were no longer taking candidates.

Prospective candidates are now rushing to make last-minute registrations. Other examination centres are charging $40 as centre fee for candidates who register more than one subject.

Prospective candidates are said to be many for Mathematics and English language. The private institutions say they are channelling the funds towards buying examination stationery.

Last year, the examination body said 309 000 candidates registered for the November ‘O’ Level examinations compared to 286 343 candidates in 2012.

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