‘O’ Level results out. . . pass rate better than last year

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ZIMBABWE School Examinations Council (Zimsec) has released results for the November 2019 Ordinary Level examinations with learners recording a 31,6 pass rate.

The results come barely a week after the release of Advanced Level results with an 83 percent pass rate. Zimsec board chairperson Eddie Mwenje, said this year’s ‘O’ Level pass rate is slightly higher than the pass rate recorded in November 2018 which stood at 31,2 percent.

“Candidates who sat for this examination can collect their results from their respective centres or schools from Thursday, January 23. The results can also be accessed online via the following links as from 6:00pm (yesterday) for a window period of 7 days: https//dcmv1.zimsec.co.zw/, https:dcmv2.zimsec.co.zw/ and Zimsec website homepage at www.zimsec.co.zw.

“The total number of candidates who sat for the November 2019 examination was 296 464. The candidature increased by 57 023 from 239 441 in 2018. This translates to an increase of 23,8 percent. In 2019, 200 062 wrote five or more subjects and 63 215 obtained Grade C or better in five or more subjects. This translated to 31,6 percent pass rate. This pass rate is slightly higher than the pass rate recorded in November 2018 which stood at 31,2 percent,” Mwenje said.

The performance of candidates was analysed in the following categories; school candidates, private candidates, female candidates, male candidates, and special needs candidates.

“The total number of school candidates was 206 623. Of this number, 176 866 wrote five or more subjects and 59 879 obtained Grade C or better in five or more subjects, yielding 33,9 percent pass rate which is higher than that of 2018 which was 32,8 percent,” he said.

“The total number of private candidates was 89 841. Of this number, 23 196 wrote five or more subjects and 3 336 obtained a Grade C or better in five or more subjects, which translates into a percentage pass rate of 14,4. In November 2018, the pass rate was 14,2 percent.”

In the latest results, female candidates outshone their male counterparts.

“The total number of female candidates that entered for the 2019 ‘O’ Level examinations was 152 389. Out of this number 101 798 wrote five or more subjects and 34 952 passed five or more subjects yielding a 34,3 percent pass rate,” Mwenje said.

“The total number of male candidates who registered for the ‘O’ Level examinations was 144 075. Of this number, 98 264 wrote five or more subjects and 32 388 passed five or more subjects yielding a pass rate of 33 percent.

“The total number of special needs candidates who sat for the November 2019 ‘O’ Level examinations was 332. Of these 215 registered for five or more subjects and 64 obtained five or more subjects yielding a percentage pass rate of 29,8.”

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