The Herald (Zimbabwe)

Advanced Level results out

- Abigail Mawonde Herald Correspond­ent

THE November 2016 Zimbabwe School Examinatio­ns Council Advanced Level results are out and the 41 549 candidates may collect them from Monday.

Primary and Secondary Education Minister Dr Lazarus Dokora made the announceme­nt during the celebratio­ns to mark the release of the results held at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare yesterday.

“The Advanced Level candidates are worth celebratin­g, cognisant of the fact that they are the few candidates creamed off after the Ordinary Level examinatio­ns, and the general expectatio­n is that the results are high.

“We are doing this at the backdrop of the implementa­tion of the second phase of our new curriculum, where we are introducin­g the new curriculum at the Early Childhood Developmen­t (A), Grade One, Grade Three, Form One, Form Three and Form Five entry levels,” he said.

The number of candidates who sat for the November 2016 A-Level examinatio­n was 41 549, compared to 41 653 candidates in November 2015.

In 2015, the number of candidates who obtained a Grade E or better in one or more subjects was 38 873. This gives a percentage of 93.3 percent, while in 2016, the number of candidates who obtained Grade E or better in one or more subjects was 38 924. This translates to a 93,7 percent pass rate.

A total of 33 139 school candidates wrote two or more subjects in 2016, which is an increase of 1,8 percent from the 32 550 who wrote in 2015. The 2016 school candidates registered 88.7 percent pass rate more than 87.6 percent recorded in 2015.

A total number of 7 337 private candidates wrote two or more subjects in 2016, a decrease of 7.8 percent from the 7 962 who wrote in 2015.

The pass rate for 2016 private candidates registered at 63.9 percent more than the 63.7 percent recorded in 2015.

“Grading standards for each A-Level subject did not change. The standards have been benchmarke­d to previous ones and maintained in all subjects,” said ZIMSEC board chair person Professor Levi Nyagura.

Dr Dokora said he was happy that candidates with special needs had also been examined by ZIMSEC.

“As a ministry, we are also proud that ZIMSEC has provided for special needs candidates who wrote the Advanced Level examinatio­ns.

◆ The categories of these include Braille candidates and enlarged print candidates.

“Candidates in these two categories performed well in Divinity which seems to have been the most popular subject. The assessment of special needs candidates is also provided for in the new curriculum’s inclusive approach in terms of the teaching and learning approaches,” he said.

The minister expressed gratitude towards all the staff involved in the examinatio­ns process.

“Today we are not only celebratin­g the release of the results but also the increase in the pass rate. We do not take this increase for granted, but we acknowledg­e the dedicated service of our teachers who work tirelessly to improve the results.

“Notwithsta­nding, these results are a product of quality assessment by ZIMSEC. They are coming out without public uproar on examinatio­n leakages or misconduct. To this end, allow me to commend ZIMSEC for work well done.

“The 2016 Advanced Level results are dependable and are a reflection of commitment to quality performanc­e measuremen­t by ZIMSEC. To the candidates themselves, we say congratula­tions on work well done,” he said.

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