8 February 2013

Zimbabwe: O-Level Pass Rate Drops

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School kids sharing text books in Zimbabwe.

NOVEMBER 2012 Ordinary Level results are out with only 31 767 pupils having attained passes in five subjects out of 172 698 who sat for the public examinations. The pass rate translates to 18,4 percent, a drop from last year's 19,5 percent. Zimbabwe School Examinations Council director Mr Esau Nhandara yesterday said candidates should start collecting their results today.

"Heads of examination centres are requested to start collecting the results for their respective Zimsec regional offices starting February 5, 2013.

"Centres that may not have received results in one or two subjects please be advised that results will be released soon."

Mr Nhandara expressed gratitude to the Zimsec staff and examiners for their dedication to duty.

He said the O-level 2012 candidature had increased by 11,3 percent while the pass rate was 18,4 percent.

"The total number of candidates who registered for O-level in 2012 was 268 854, compared to 241 512 in 2011," Mr Nhandara said.

Last year, the number of candidates who entered for five subjects or more was 172 698 and 31 767 passed at least five subjects with a Grade C or better.

"In 2011, the overall pass rate was 19,5 percent.

"Therefore the pass rate for 2012 was marginally lower than that for 2011," he said.

"The reason could be attributed to the increase in candidature."

Mr Nhandara said male candidates performed better than their female counterparts.

"Females had a pass rate of 16,4 percent compared to their male counterparts who recorded 20,4 percent. A total of 14 198 females passed at least five subjects while 17 565 males passed at least five subjects with Grade C or better."

Mr Nhandara added: "For the top three subjects, we recorded a pass rate of 54,52 percent for Ndebele, 53,7 percent for Business Studies and 52,96 for Biology.

"For the bottom three subjects we recorded 20,19 percent for English Language, 18 percent for Shona and Mathematics (non-calculator version) had 13,91 percent."

He said the three middle subjects were Agriculture, History and Principles of Accounts. --The Herald.

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