The case in which two parents are seeking an injunction against Paul Mavima and ZIMSEC barring them from conducting a rewrite of English Paper 2 will continue today after it was deferred yesterday.
The case so far
Two parents, Mr Mukomeka and Mr Govhati are taking the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Paul Mavima and ZIMSEC to court over the English Paper 2 rewrite that is scheduled for Friday. The two parents are angry that ZIMSEC is ordering the exam be rewritten after such a long time has passed, they are also challenging the fact that Minister Mavima is the one who cancelled the results since he has no power to do so.
Another issue is that of the unreasonable financial and emotional toll this rewrite will take on parents and candidates. Mr Mukomeka’s daughter traveled to Australia on Christmas eve last year and was scheduled to return in March. According to the him, he has no financial means to bring her back on time for the rewrite plus it is unlikely she could prepare for the exam there anyway.
The two parents are being represented by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights and the organisation Justice for Children’s Trust . Despite the statutory law there are matters of whether the act itself is reasonable and constitutional. ZIMSEC knew of leaks last year when they occurred but waited until results were about to come out. An unprecedented move in the history of the board.
What is going on in the case right now
The High Court has deemed the case to be urgent as exams are scheduled for Friday. However some of the lawyers were asked to file additional material required in the case. The judge Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo by mutual agreement of both parties deferred the case to today.
This means arguments on the case will be heard today and thereafter time permitting the judge can make a her decision on whether the exam will be rewritten or not. Since this is an urgent matter judgement can be expected as early as tomorrow or at the latest on Thursday.
Prepare for the worst case scenario
If you are one of those affected by the rewrite my advice to you is to continue/start preparing for the exam. There is a 50-50 chance the exam will be cancelled but I would not count on it. It is always better to be prepared. We have excellent English Notes that can help you quickly prepare for the exam wherever you are.