ZIMSEC is an autonomous parastatal under the Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture. It is an internationally accredited examinations board. Its syllabuses were 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.
To be the centre of excellence within the Sub–region and beyond in Quality Assessment in Education.
The quality assessment of candidates` learning performance and awarding of nationally and internationally recognised certificates at different levels of the school education system, while optimally utilizing the Human and Material resources available to it.
Our Core Values
The aim of ZIMSEC is to offer an excellent, value driven, educational assessment and responsive awarding systems. Through maximum capacity utilization, the Council is gearing itself to continually exceed expectations.ZIMSEC carries out quality assessment to guarantee the quality of manpower for national development. It identifies potential talents, competencies and skills for future leaders of industry, commerce and government; feeds institutions of higher learning and the employment sector. ZIMSEC sets standards for levels of academic expertise of Zimbabwean nationals for use locally and internationally.
Brief Historical Background
1983 - Cabinet decision to localize Ordinary and Advanced Level Examinations;
Advantages to the nation of having ZIMSEC
Indigenization of the curriculum would be guaranteed, ensuring that education was made relevant to the socio-economic environment. In particular teaching and assessment materials would be drawn from an environment with which learners are familiar and to which they can relate and apply their learning.