A-Level pass rate rise

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H-Metro Reporter

THE Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec) recorded a pass rate increase of 1.2 percent in the just released November Advanced Level examinations compared to the previous year.

Zimsec announced yesterday that the November 2019 results are out, recording an 83.1 percent pass rate compared to 2018’s 81.9 per cent.

Many candidates and their guardians were already accessing their results online from last night.

In a statement, Zimsec board chairperson Professor Eddie Mwenje said candidates can collect results from their centres starting today.

He said results can also be accessed on their website for a period of seven days beginning yesterday.

“Candidates who sat for this examination will be able to collect their results from their respective centres/schools from Wednesday 15 January 2020. The results can also be accessed online via the links on the Zimsec website homepage as from 6pm (yesterday) for a window of seven days.

“The present results are the second November examinations since the introduction of competence based curriculum by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education in 2018.

“The total number of candidates who sat for the November 2019 examination was 51 862. The candidature increased by 5 384 from 46 478 in 2018, which translates to an increase of 11.6 percent. In 2019, 50 774 wrote two or more subjects and 42 169 obtained grade E or better in two or more subjects. It translated to 83.1 percent pass rate, an increase of 1.2 percent points from 81.9 percent as recorded in 2018.”

Professor Mwenje said the candidates were analyzed in various categories.

“The performance of candidates was analysed in following categories: School candidates, Private candidates, School female candidates, School male candidates and special needs candidates.

“School candidates: The total number of school candidates was 42 543. Of this number 42 157 wrote two or more subjects and 36 515 obtained grade e or better in two or more subjects, yielding 86.6 percent.

“Private candidates: The total number of private candidates was 9 319, of this number 8 617 wrote two or more subjects and 5 654 obtained grade E or better in two more subjects which translates into a percentage of 65.6 percent.

“School female candidates: The total number of school female candidates that sat for the 2019 A Level examinations was 19 877. Out of this number 19 689 wrote two or more subjects and 17 525 passed two or more subjects yielding 89 percent pass rate.

“School male candidates: There were 22 666 school male candidates who sat for two or more subjects. Out this number 22 468 wrote two or more subjects 18 990 passed two or more subjects, which translated to 84.5 percent pass rate.

“Special needs candidates: The total number of special needs candidates who sat for the November 2019 A Level examinations was 55. There were 35 candidates who passed two or more subjects which translated to 63.3 percent pass rate.”

There was 31.6 per cent pass rate in Science subjects.

“It is important for the nation to note that out of 17 749 candidates who registered to write Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics 5 610 passed two or more Science subjects with a grade E or better yielding 31.6 percent pass rate.”

HMETRO

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