ZIMSEC BACKGROUND AND MANDATE
The Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) is a parastatal under the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education created by The Zimbabwe School Examinations Act [Chapter 25:18]
It is an internationally accredited examination board. Its syllabuses were evaluated by the National Academic Recognition and Information Centre (NARIC) in the UK and found to be equivalent to the General Certificate of Education Standard offered in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, United States of America, and other English-speaking countries, hence the internationally recognized qualifications conferred by the Council.
ZIMSEC core functions are as follows:
- To organize and conduct examinations in subjects that form part of a course of primary or secondary education as the Minister may in writing request.
- To consider and approve subjects suitable for examinations.
- To appoint panels or boards of examiners.
- To approve and register examination centres.
- To review the rules and regulations relating to examinations.
- To confer or approve the conferment of certificates, and other awards to persons who have passed examinations.
- To enter into arrangements, whether reciprocal or otherwise, with persons or organizations inside or outside Zimbabwe for the recognition of certificates and other awards granted in respect of examinations organized or conducted by the Council.
- To do all things necessary to maintain the integrity of the system of examinations in respect of primary and secondary education in Zimbabwe.
- To do any other thing that the Council may be required to do by or under the Act or any other enactment.