THE Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) yesterday released the 2020 Grade 7 results with the body noting a decrease in the national pass rate as compared to the previous year.
In announcing the results, Zimsec chairperson Eddie Mwenje revealed a 9,79 percent pass rate decline as compared to the 2019 results, something he attributed to the Covid-19 pandemic that has caused devastating effects to the global world.
Last year’s examinations were written after children had endured lengthy disruption of lessons owing to the Covid-19, which forced the closure of schools as authorities battled to combat the spread of the lethal virus.
“The total number of candidates who sat for the 2020 Grade 7 examination was 327 559. This figure is 1,35 percent higher than the 2019 entry which was 323 207. The 2020 national pass rate is 37,11 percent which is lower than the 2019 national pass rate which was 46,9 percent,” Mwenje said.
“This translates to a decrease of 9,79 percent in the pass rate.
“Out of the 327 559 candidates who sat for the 2020 Grade 7 examination, 167 602 (51,17) percent were females and 159 957 (48,83 percent) were males. The entry of female candidates was higher than male candidates by 4,78 percent.
“The pass rate for female candidates was 39,67 percent compared to 34,42 percent for males.”
Zimsec said there was no need to visit schools to obtain results as results can be accessed on the examination council’s website.