Zimbabwe School Examinations Council
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Examination Council overview
HeadquartersNumber 3 Ainsle House, Cnr 4th/Josiah Tongogara Avenue, Harare
Contact 263-4-792844 ,263-4-701563,

The Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) is an autonomous parastatal under the Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture. ZIMSEC was setup as a result of the 1994, Zimbabwe School Examinations Council Act.


In 1983 a decision was taken by Cabinet to localize Ordinary Level and Advanced Level Examinations that were at that time delivered by the UK's Cambridge University. Training of first lot of markers for the newly set board started in 1984 but the first localised O-Level examination was only written in 1990. Years later, in 1994 the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council Act was enacted and the following year, the first board appointed.

In November 1995, the ZIMSEC Council under an Interim Director was introduced and then the following year in July the first substantive ZIMSEC Director appointed. In November 2002 the first ZIMSEC A-Level Examination was written and in 2003 the localization of A-Level examinations was completed.

International Accreditation

It is an internationally accredited examinations board. Its syllabuses are evaluated by the National Academic Recognition and Information Centre (NARIC) in the UK, 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 recognized qualifications conferred by the Council.

Examinations Paper leaks

ZIMSEC has had many incidents of examination paper leaks attributed to poor controls and corruption. In 2014 O-Level students had to resit for four papers.