Parents are shocked as 88 Primary schools in Zimbabwe reportedly recorded a 0% pass rate in the just-published ZIMSEC Grade 7 examination results. There is no doubt that Covid19 surely affected students studies.

A document by the examination board had the following statistics:

  1. 14 of the schools with 0% pass rate have less than 10 candidates who sate for the examinations.
  2. 45 schools had 100% pass rate.
  3. 31 out of the 88 schools with 0% pass rate are from Matabeleland Districts while the rest are from 8 of the country’s other provinces.

ZIMSEC board Chair Professor Eddie Mwenje has it that the 2020 pass rate fell by 9.79% as he gave the statistics s of the subjects that did well and said: The 2020 national pass rate is 37,11 percent, which is lower than the 2019 national pass rate, which was 46,9 percent. This translates to a decrease of 9,79 percent.

Probability is high that students used general knowledge more and did not have enough time to prepare as indigenous languages recorded high subject pass rates when compared to performances in English, Mathematics, Agriculture and General Paper.

Shona, Ndebele, Nambya, Tshivenda, Xichangana and Kalanga rates were above 65 percent, Sesotho and Tonga were at 54,62 and 52,38 percent respectively.

Although this marks the end of the students’ primary education, the preparation period was for just 5 months which was not enough for them to tackle all syllabus to sit fully prepared for exams.

Source: Pindula News

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