A new student assessment regime which will be implemented during the second term in preparation for November 2021 Zimsec examinations will see candidates’ physical and behavioural skills being assessed continuously (coursework) to contribute 30 percent to their final marks, The Manica Post reported.
Summative or knowledge skills assessed during examinations will now contribute 70 percent to the candidate’s final grade.
The new examination regime will interrogate summative, psycho-motor and affective skills.
The move is aimed at broadening the curriculum to give candidates an opportunity to excel in other areas that can better their lives or field of work.
The Continuous Assessment of Learning Activities (CALAs) is set to change how the grading of learners is done by incorporating previously ignored observable and measureable aspects. CALAs will be adopted from Early Child Development to Form Six and will form the basis for the November 2021 exams.
External candidates wishing to sit for their exams in November will have to approach their examination centres for assessment as the CALAs will run from July to September, 2021.
Chief director (Secondary and Non-Formal education) in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Mr Peter Muzawazi, who was at Nyangani High School in Nyanga on Monday, said this move is meant to develop the students with applied knowledge, a scientific and hands-on approach to learning, as well as critical thinking, problem-solving, and techno-savvy dispositions that are key to national development, among other things.