THE Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has said Grade Seven results will be released early next year but definitely before 31 January.
The Director of Communications in the Ministry, Taungana Ndoro, said Form One pupils for next year will enrol only after this year’s Ordinary Level candidates finish their examinations sometime in January 2021.
“We expect the Grade 7 results to be out before January 31. The Form 1 pupils will enrol after the Ordinary level candidates have finished their examinations.
“The idea is to continue decongesting our schools and following the Standards Operation Procedures amid the Covid-19 pandemic. We will have a phased schools reopening,” said Ndoro.
This comes as the ministry will tomorrow open the online application platform for Form One pupils wishing to be enrolled into boarding schools next year.
The Government introduced the Form One online application in 2016 for boarding schools to plug profiteering by some schools who were making parents pay for entrance tests.
Most schools were now conducting their own assessments for pupils and make them sit for entrance tests after paying money, rendering Grade Seven examinations irrelevant.
Some schools would call many prospective pupils for interviews when they could only enrol a few classes.
According to a circular released last week by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, the online platform will run from tomorrow to 31 January.
Under the method, pupils have to apply through the Electronic Ministry’s Application Platform (EMAP) where an applicant is allowed to place three applications at each given time although there is room for the upward review of the number of applications accepted until the closing date.
“The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education will be launching online the Electronic Ministry’s Application Platform (EMAP) for Form 1 boarding place enrolment from Monday 7th of December to January 31 2021.
An applicant is allowed to have three maximum active applications at any given time in order to decongest traffic on the platform. The schools will notify the successful applicants through SMS.
Once offered a place by a school an applicant can decline it and once declined a place cannot be reclaimed back.
“The enrolment will start after the official publication of the 2020 Grade 7 Zimsec results,” reads a statement from the Ministry. – ZBC ■