Grade Seven re­sults out

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Aux­ilia Ka­ton­go­mara Chron­i­cle Re­porter

THE Zim­babwe School Ex­am­i­na­tions Coun­cil (Zim­sec) 2016 Grade Seven re­sults are out, show­ing a na­tional pass rate of 42, 9 per­cent, up by 1,29 per­cent on the 2015 per­for­mance.

For the first time Zim­sec also an­nounced re­sults for spe­cial needs pupils who sat for ex­am­i­na­tions.

Zim­sec direc­tor, Mr Esau Nhan­dara yes­ter­day ad­vised ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tre heads to col­lect the re­sults from Zim­sec re­gional of­fices.

“The 2016 na­tional pass rate stands at 42, 90 per­cent re­flect­ing an in­crease of 1, 29 per­cent as com­pared to 41, 61 per­cent recorded in 2015. The na­tional pass rate for school can­di­dates is 43 per­cent which shows a slight in­crease of about 1,18 per­cent from the 2015 na­tional pass rate of 41,82 per­cent,” said Mr Nhan­dara.

He said there is a re­mark­able im­prove­ment in the per­for­mance of the can­di­dates since 2010.

“Can­di­da­ture in­creased from 303 978 in 2010 to 329 549 in 2016 whilst the pass rate in­creased from 25 per­cent in 2010 to 42, 9 per­cent in 2016. This may sug­gest that there is marked im­prove­ment in the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion in Zim­bab­wean pri­mary schools over the years,” said the direc­tor.

Mr Nhan­dara said the can­di­dates per­formed well, es­pe­cially in in­dige­nous lan­guages com­pared to Math­e­mat­ics, Gen­eral Pa­per and English Lan­guage.

“The pass rates in English, Math­e­mat­ics and Gen­eral Pa­per which are 56,43 per­cent , 56,47 per­cent and 47,96 2 per­cent re­spec­tively for 2016 may be a re­sult of learn­ing the sub­jects in a se­cond lan­guage which is used as the lan­guage of in­struc­tion,” he said.

The high­est pass rate was recorded in Shona with 86,31 per­cent and the least in Tshiv­enda with 72, 2 per­cent.

Ac­cord­ing to the sta­tis­tics, fe­male can­di­dates who wrote four sub­jects per­formed bet­ter than their male coun­ter­parts.

The pass rate for fe­male can­di­dates is 45, 29 per­cent com­pared to 40,43 per­cent for the male can­di­dates.

The three spe­cial needs cat­e­gories an­a­lysed were Braille can­di­dates, en­larged print can­di­dates and can­di­dates with hear­ing im­pair­ment.

Braille can­di­dates reg­is­tered the high­est pass rate among the three cat­e­gories un­der spe­cial needs.

“Pass rate for Braille can­di­dates is at 80 per­cent while that of can­di­dates with en­larged print and hard of hear­ing is at 67, 80 per­cent and 31, 76 per­cent re­spec­tively,” said Mr Nhan­dara.

Sta­tis­tics show that the to­tal num­ber of can­di­dates who reg­is­tered for the Grade Seven Novem­ber 2016 ex­am­i­na­tions was 329 549 com­pared to the 2015 en­try of 329 217, show­ing a slight in­crease of 332 can­di­dates which trans­lates to 0, 1 per­cent.

“Out of the 329 549 can­di­dates who sat for the Grade Seven Novem­ber 2016 Ex­am­i­na­tions, 167 333 (50,78 per­cent) were fe­male and 162 183 (49,21per­cent ) were male and th­ese sta­tis­tics in­di­cate that there is gen­der eq­uity in the num­ber of can­di­dates sit­ting for Grade 7 Ex­am­i­na­tions in Zim­babwe”.

Mr Nhan­dara said al­though can­di­da­ture for the rest of in­dige­nous lan­guages was still very low, Shona had the high­est of 269 339 with Kalanga record­ing the least can­di­da­ture of 602.

Mr Nhan­dara thanked all the stake­hold­ers who con­trib­uted to the suc­cess­ful run­ning of the ex­am­i­na­tions.

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