O’ level results out

The Zimbabwe Schools Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) has released the November 2018 Ordinary Level results, which indicate a marginal improvement from last year’s 28.70% to 32.83% in 2018.

Over 160 000 students sat for 5 or more subjects in the examinations.

ZIMSEC Board Chairperson, Professor Eddie mwenje said male students continue to perform marginally better than their female counterparts.

“The results show that males performed slightly better than females. The overall pass rate for males was 32.35% and that of females was 30.04%. A similar trend was observed in the November 2017 examinations where male candidates performed better than females. a statistic to note is that, more female candidates registered for the examinations than their male counterparts,” he said.

The examinations were the first sitting since the introduction of the new curriculum, a development applauded by the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Professor Paul Mavima.

“I want to register my appreciation that the teachers are gaining ownership of the curriculum, developing the requisite skills to interpret the various syllabi and demonstrating appropriate teaching methodologies and approaches,” the Minister said.

A total of 239 441 candidates sat for the November examinations with female students constituting a total of over 124 00.

Private candidates were over 60 000 and Minister Mavima assured that the coming in of the revised curriculum will not stop private candidates from writing ZIMSEC examinations.