Published On: Thu, Dec 1st, 2016

Grade7 results 2016: Grades fall dramatically across the board

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Beaven Dhliwayo
The Zimbabwe School Examination Council (Zimsec) on Thursday announced that grade 7 results are out with the 2016 national pass rate standing at 42.90 percent reflecting an increase of 1.29 percent as compared to 41.61 percent recorded in 2015.

The announcement follows reports circulating on social media that the results were released last Friday.

A message on the WhatsApp platform read; “The Zimsec 2016 Grade 7 results are out. The Zimsec Director advises all education districts to collect the results from their provincial offices. Those in Harare can collect them directly from Zimsec offices.”

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.

Zimsec Director Esau Nhandara said the total number of candidates who registered for the Grade 7 November 2016 Examinations was 329 549 compared to the 2015 entry of 329 217.

“There was a slight increase of 332 candidates which translates to 0.1percent and out of the 329 549 candidates who sat for the Grade 7 November 2016 Examinations, 167 333 (50.78%) were female and 162 183 (49.21%) were male and these statistics indicate that there is gender equity in the number of candidates sitting for Grade 7 Examinations in Zimbabwe.

“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.

“High pass rates were recorded in Indigenous Languages compared to Mathematics, General Paper and English Language, with Shona having the highest candidature of 269 339 candidates, and Kalanga having the least, 602 candidates,” he said.

Nhandara said for the first time, this year, Zimsec is proud to produce statistics for Special Needs candidates who sat for the Grade Seven National Examinations.

He said there are three categories which were analyzed – Braille candidates, Enlarged Print candidates and candidates with Hearing Impairment.

“The performance of Braille candidates was better than that of candidates with hearing impairment and those needing enlarged print. Pass rate for Braille candidates is at 80% while that of candidates with enlarged print and hard of hearing is at 67.80 percent and 31.76 percent respectively.

“Generally, there are more female than male candidates who were examined this year in all subjects. Female candidates outperformed their male counter parts in all subject areas,” he added.