Masvingo tops O’Level pass rate with 92 per­cent

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Feature/analysis/national News - Wal­ter Mswazie Masvingo Cor­re­spon­dent

MASVINGO prov­ince had the best re­sults in the 2015 Zim­sec Or­di­nary Level ex­am­i­na­tions with a 92 per­cent pass rate after most of its schools at­tained a 100 per­cent pass rate, a se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial has said.

Ad­dress­ing school heads, teach­ers and pupils dur­ing the 5th edi­tion of the pro­vin­cial merit awards at Vic­to­ria Ju­nior last week, Masvingo Pro­vin­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Di­rec­tor (PED) Mr Za­dius Chit­iga said most schools in the prov­ince sur­passed the na­tional av­er­age pass rate of 33 per­cent.

He said the Min­istry of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion was proud of the prov­ince for be­ing a cradle of aca­demic ex­cel­lence.

He un­der­scored the need for teach­ers to em­brace the new cur­ricu­lum which seeks to ad­dress gaps in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.

“I am happy as the PED of this prov­ince that we were the best prov­ince at na­tional level in last year’s Or­di­nary Level Zim­sec ex­am­i­na­tions. We had 92 per­cent against the na­tional pass rate of 33 per­cent. More ex­cit­ing was the fact that most schools had 100 per­cent rate,” said Mr Chit­iga.

He said while the prov­ince did not top in the Ad­vanced Level na­tional ex­am­i­na­tions, most schools had re­mark­able re­sults with oth­ers pro­duc­ing up to 30 pupils with 15 points and above.

“We have one school, Pa­mushana High in Bikita which pro­duced 36 pupils with 15 points and above at Zim­sec,” he said.

“The school is amaz­ing and I am told that about 19 of those stu­dents were ab­sorbed by the Univer­sity of Zim­babwe where they have en­rolled for medicine and en­gi­neer­ing de­grees. There are oth­ers who are do­ing law at the Great Zim­babwe Univer­sity here.”

He said at the same school, 26 pupils scored 14 points, 13 had 13 points.

The PED said out of 126 pupils the low­est scored nine points.

He said what was strik­ing in most learn­ers in the prov­ince was their en­thu­si­asm to­wards ed­u­ca­tion and his visit to 19 schools in the prov­ince while in the com­pany of the Min­is­ter of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion, Dr Lazarus Dokora bears tes­ti­mony to that.— @wal­terbm­swazie2.

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