The Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) November 2014 Advanced Level results are out with the pass rate, at 82,6 percent, slightly above the previous year’s. In 2013 an 81,5 percent pass rate was achieved. In a statement yesterday, ZIMSEC director Mr Esau Nhandara, said the results had been dispatched to the examination body’s regional offices and candidates should start collecting them today.
“We would like to extend our gratitude to the examiners and all ZIMSEC staff who worked tirelessly throughout the marking process to the point where we now have an analysis and results to produce to the nation,” he said.
He said the number of candidates who sat for two or more subjects continued falling while the grading had not changed.
“The number of school candidates who wrote two or more subjects at “A” Level in 2013 were 31 479 while in 2014 were 30 614, a decrease of 865 candidates,” Mr Nhandara said.
“The total number of school candidates who sat for the November 2014 examination was 30 614 of whom 25 291 obtained a Grade E or better in two or more subjects. The pass rate for 2013 was 81,58 percent and for 2014 was 82,61 percent and the almost constant pass rate for the two cohorts could mean that the candidates were exposed to the same learning conditions for the two years they were preparing for examinations.”
Mr Nhandara said the performance of females was better than male candidates though the number of females who wrote two or more subjects was less than that of males.
At least 13 276 females sat for the examinations while 16 304 male candidates wrote the exams He said there was “excellent” performance by school candidates in most subjects except in Geography which had a pass rate of 36 percent.
“This failure rate in Geography could be that a good number of candidates are candidates who may not have done Geography at ‘O’ Level or could have achieved a low pass rate at ‘O’ Level and went on to attempt Geography at ‘A’ Level,” he said.
“This could be a major factor that may have resulted in a low pass rate. It was however, pleasing to note that there was a 100 percent pass rate in Textiles and Design (88 candidates) . . . An important point to take note of is that grading standards for each subject did not change in any way. The standards have been benchmarked to previous ones and maintained in all subjects.”