7 March 2012

Zimbabwe: Top O, A-Level Schools Named

LAST year's pass rates for Zimsec Ordinary and Advanced Levels improved significantly compared to 2010.

The pass rate for the November results for O-Level improved by four percent, while that for A-Level improved by over 10 percent.

The 2011 national percentage pass rate for O and A-Level stands at 19,50, from 16,50 for the 2010 results.

The pass rate for A-Level increased to 85,25, up from 75,99 in 2010.

St Faith's High School in Manicaland had the best results for A-Level, followed by Shungu in Midlands and Nyanga high schools in Manicaland respectively.

For O-Level, Nyanga High School was the best-placed school, followed by St Dominics (Chishawasha) and ZRP High School respectively.

Zimbabwe School Examinations Council board chairman Professor Norman Maphosa yesterday said the Grade Seven performance improved by close to four percent, from 25 percent in 2010 to 28,9 percent last year.

He said registered candidates for O-Level went up from 229 522 in 2010 to 241 512 last year. Candidates who sat for A-Level dropped from 27 782 in 2010 to 25 136 last year.

A total of 288 365 candidates registered for Grade Seven examinations last year, down from 303 978 in 2010.

"The O-Level pass rate stands at 19,50 percent last year and the criterion for passing is five subjects or more at Grade C or better up from 16,50 percent the previous year," he said.

"The A-Levels registered a big improvement of 10 percent at 85,25 last year, up from 75,99 percent in 2010 using a passing criterion of two or more subjects at grade E or better.

"It is pleasing to note that across all levels, the pass rates are showing an upward movement trend."

The O and A-Level passes were however, dominated by church-run schools with an overall pass rate of 73,8 percent.

Prof Maphosa paid tribute to Zimsec staff and management for producing the results on time. He praised Zimbabwe's education system, saying the country's General Certificate of Education for O and A-Levels was equivalent to the United Kingdom Ordinary Levels (grades C-A) and Advanced Levels (grades E-A).

He said Zimsec had introduced e-marking, adding that this year's June and November examinations will register developments in marking.

"Another technological development is that in the 2012 A-Level June examinations, we are piloting the registration of candidates via computer," he said.

"In addition to Tonga, which was examined in 2011, Zimsec is going to examine more minority languages."

A Level Ranking 2011

Position Name of School Candidature

1st 10

  1. St Faith's Manicaland 92
  2. Shungu Midlands 50
  3. Nyanga Manicaland 69
  4. St Ignatius Mash East 50
  5. Gokomere Masvingo 85
  6. St Francis of Assisi Mash East 57
  7. St Johns Mash East 51
  8. Zengeza High Harare 93
  9. Monte Cassino Mash East 50
  10. Marange Manicaland 60

The 1st 50 Ordinary Level

  1. Nyanga Manicaland 92
  2. St Dominics Mash East 87
  3. ZRP High Harare 115
  4. St Ignatius Mash East 79
  5. Kriste Mambo Manicaland 111
  6. John Tallach Bulawayo 103
  7. Monte Cassino Mash East 79
  8. St Davids Bonda Manicaland 199
  9. Chikwingwizha Midlands 34
  10. St Faith's Manicaland 143
  11. Moleli Mash West 126
  12. Bradley Mash Central 103
  13. Sandringham Mash West 176
  14. Marist Brothers Bulawayo 129
  15. St Augustine Manicaland 173
  16. Hartzell Manicaland 191
  17. Anderson Midlands 65
  18. Kutama Mash West 90
  19. St Francis Assisi Mash East 132
  20. Serima Masvingo 137
  21. Nyazura Manicaland 150
  22. Regina Mundi Mildands 146
  23. Gokomere Masvingo 236
  24. Daramombe Mash East 149
  25. Langham Mash Central 110
  26. Mazowe Mash Central 151
  27. Marange Manicaland 179
  28. Shungu Midlands 69
  29. St Anthony's Masvingo 133
  30. St Columbus' Bulawayo 165
  31. Howard Mash Central 189
  32. Marondera Mash East 161
  33. Bernard Mzeki Mash East 77
  34. St Dominic's Manicaland 234
  35. Mtshabezi Mat South 176
  36. St Johns Chikwak Mash East 187
  37. Nyahuni Mash East 148
  38. Ruya Adventist Mash Central 95
  39. Lundi Masvingo 123
  40. Mt St Mary's Mash East 139
  41. St Anne's Goto Mash East 127
  42. Mandedza Mash East 141
  43. Nyashanu Manicaland 153
  44. Loreto Midlands 106
  45. Usher Mat South 86
  46. St Patrick's Midlands 165
  47. Pamushana Masvingo 216
  48. Pakame Midlands 153
  49. Chibi Masvingo 121
  50. Goromonzi Mash East 185

The full list of schools will be published in tomorrow's editon of The Herald

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