Masvingo tops O’Level pass rate with 92 percent
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.