Zimbabwe: O-level results go against the Covid-19 turmoil

Zvamaida Murwira and Mukudzei Chingwere

The ZimsecO level results for November last year were positive and are within normal limits, despite a slight drop in pass rates due to the blockade of Covid-19, which made learning difficult.

According to the results released yesterday by the Zimbabwe School Examination Council (Zimsec), the overall pass rate was 24.8%, down from 31.6% in 2019.

Commenting on the results, Ambassador Cain Matema, Minister of Elementary and Secondary Education, said the students were successful in the context of the Covid-19 Challenge.

Minister Matema congratulated everyone in the education sector for doing pound sterling work, considering that in some cases they had to deal with illegal industrial activities by some teachers.

From now on, his vision was to outsource some public schools as online centers for virtual education. This is a model that has proven to be efficient after the government has discouraged social contact.

The minister acknowledged his intuitive philosophy that the country would never develop faster than its educational development, and said that the first such maiden virtual school should be named after President Mnangagwa. I did.

“We did very well to get 31.6% to 24.8% under Covid-19. To those who did, Makororkoto / Amrop (Congratulations). Presidential guidance, children, and parents / I would like to thank the parents for their determination, “said Minister Matema.

“Covid-19 underscores the need for more systematic development of online learning for all children, both rural and urban. It is inevitable. Problems with public school enrollment. No, as an online school. “

At a media conference yesterday, Jimsec Chairman Eddie Mwenje said the decline was not the cause of the panic given the impact of Covid-19. The pass rate in 2014 was 22.4%, so the latest results were within normal limits.

Professor Mwenje said a total of 264 099 candidates passed the November O-level exam, down 32 365 or 11% compared to 296 464 in 2019.

“Statistics show that the pass rate in 2020 was down 6.8% from the pass rate in 2019. However, according to past analysis, the pass rate in 2014 was 22.4%, but the pass rate in 2017 was 28.7. That was%. This means that the 2020 results are in range, which is commendable given the catastrophic situation of the Covid-19 pandemic.