Shelly Guni, H-Metro Reporter
The 2020 Zimbabwe School Examination Council (ZIMSEC) Ordinary Level results are out with a 6.8 percent decrease in pass rate compared to the 2019 results.
The results were released yesterday and can be collected by school authorities from respective regional offices or candidates can access them online through the ZIMSEC website.
Statistics show that the 2020 pass rate is 24.8 percent, 6.8 percent poorer than the 2019 pass rate of 31.6 percent. 2020 also recorded a significant decrease in candidature who sat for the Ordinary level exams.
A total of 264 099 candidates sat for the November 2020 Ordinary Level examination as compared to 296 464 candidates who sat for the same examinations in 2019.
The decrease in candidature (of 32 365) translates to a percentage decrease of 11 percent.
ZIMSEC chairperson, Professor Eddie Mwenje, said the 2020 examination process went on despite the devastating conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“However, a historical analysis indicates that in 2014, a pass rate of 22.4 percent was recorded while in 2017 the country had a pass rate of 28.7 percent. It is also important to note that some countries that went into national lockdowns due to the pandemic also experienced a decrease in pass rates,” he said.
“It is important for all the stakeholders of examinations to note that the 2020 school calendar was disrupted and that candidates wrote the examinations under lockdown in 2021. We are grateful to Government for allowing the examinations to go on.”
“Amidst the strict observance of the WHO suggested COVID 19 precautions to mitigate against the spread of the novel virus, examinations were written and marked without any major incidents or notable setbacks.
“The examinations went on exceptionally well without major incidence. This was enabled by the immense support ZIMSEC received from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and the Ministry of Health and Child Care.”