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Ministry bans Grade 7 educational tours

MARTIN MAWAYA

HARARE-The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has banned educational tours grade 7 pupils after writing their examinations for their safety.

“For the safety of pupils and curriculum alignment, no education tours should be undertaken by schools after Grade 7 examinations,” reads part of the statement.

The Ministry directed schools to ensure that Grade seven learners continue attending classes after finishing writing the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) examination today (Monday).

It says grade 7 pupils should attend classes until the end of the term, adding that the Provincial Education Directors should tighten their monitoring and supervision of schools to ensure compliance.

“The time after the last grade 7 examination paper is not a school holiday because all grade 7 pupils should attend classes until the end of the third term.

“Provincial Education Directors are expected to strengthen their monitoring, supervision and inspection structures to ensure that Grade 7 pupils are not disadvantaged by abandoning schools before the official closure of the school year.

The ministry added that the school heads are “duty bound to make solid arrangements for all Grade seven pupils to receive meaningful lessons and practical exercises in preparation for their transition to secondary school”.

It says the main focus of the post grade 7 examination should be guidance and counseling, life skills education, library and the research activities among others.

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