Abigail Mawonde Herald Correspondent
November 2015 Zimbabwe School Examinations Council Advanced Level results are out and candidates may collect them from today at their respective centres across the country.
The pass rate is 87,6 percent for school candidates and 63,7 percent for private candidates.
A total of 32 550 school candidates wrote two or more subjects and 28 510 passed, surpassing the 2014 pass rate by five percent.
Of the 7 962 private candidates who wrote two or more subjects, 5 069 passed, recording a 63, 7 percent pass rate.
In 2014, the percentage pass rate for private candidates stood at 57, 6.
School candidates are students who attend classes or are tutored by a teacher until the sitting of an examination while private candidates are those who are not registered into formal school education system but sit for the examinations.
Addressing a press conference in Harare yesterday, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Dr Lazarus Dokora attributed the rise in pass rates to improvements fostered in the education sector by his ministry.
“Generally the performance of the November 2015 candidates was commendable in most subjects and there was a marked improvement of about five percent over the previous year 2014.
“The increase in pass rates is an indicator of improved quality education.
“I sincerely hope that with improved supervision, teacher capacity development, teacher professional standards and school infrastructure under the new curriculum, standards will improve,” he said.
Dr Dokora said 41 563 candidates registered and sat for a range of subjects from one to six subjects per candidate as compared to the November 2014 examinations which registered 39 133 candidates.
The candidature increased by 2 520 representing 6, 4 percent.
Dr Dokora said he was pleased by the rise in candidature saying it showed access to education was increasing.
Of the total candidature, 32 764 were school candidates while 8 889 were private candidates.
Dr Dokora said this was a testament of how the formal and non formal education system were highly regarded in the country.
Female candidates beat their male counterparts with a pass rate of 90, 5 percent against 85, 4 percent.
In 2014, the pass rates were 86, 5 percent and 80 percent, respectively.
Dr Dokora said candidates should start collecting their results from their respective schools or examination centres today.
“We would like to commend all centre heads for running this past main examination season with integrity and diligence.
“Above all, we greatly appreciate the efforts of our learners and the support given by their parents/guardians and other stakeholders.”