Zimbabwe School Examinations Council

Zimbabwe School Examinations Council
Abbreviation ZIMSEC
Motto For performance measurement
Formation 1995
Type Parastatal
Examination board
Headquarters Upper East Road, Mount Pleasant
Harare, Zimbabwe
Coordinates 17°47′11.456″S 31°2′38.65″E / 17.78651556°S 31.0440694°E / -17.78651556; 31.0440694Coordinates: 17°47′11.456″S 31°2′38.65″E / 17.78651556°S 31.0440694°E / -17.78651556; 31.0440694
Region served
Website www.zimsec.co.zw

The Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) is an autonomous parastatal under the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture of the Republic of Zimbabwe, responsible for the administration of public examinations in Zimbabwean schools.[1] Its syllabuses were evaluated by the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) in the United Kingdom, 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 the other English-speaking countries, hence the internationally recognised qualifications conferred by the Council.[2]


The table below shows the brief history of ZIMSEC.

Brief Historical Background [3]
Date Event/Occasion Summary
1983 Cabinet decision to localise Ordinary Level and Advanced Level examinations
1984 Training of the first lot of markers
November 1990 First localised Ordinary Level examination written
1994 Zimbabwe School Examinations Council Act (ZIMSEC ACT 1994) was passed by the Parliament.
1995 Completion of the localisation of the Ordinary Level examination.
October 1995 The first ZIMSEC Board was appointed.
November 1995 Birth of ZIMSEC under an Interim Director.
1 July 1996 First substantive ZIMSEC Director appointed.
1 November 1996 Former Examinations Branch staff joined ZIMSEC after the abolition from Public Service.
November 2002 First ZIMSEC Advanced Level examination being written.
2003 Completion of the localisation of Advanced Level examinations.


The following qualifications are offered by ZIMSEC:


  1. "Zimbabwe School Examinations Council Act (Chapter 25:18)" (PDF). Parliament of Zimbabwe. Retrieved 2009-01-05.
  2. "Zimbabwe School Examinations Council About". Zimbabwe School Examinations Council. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  3. "Zimbabwe School Examinations Council About". Zimbabwe School Examinations Council. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
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