Harare (New- Ziana) – The Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (ZIMSEC) announced on Tuesday that Advanced Level results are now out and can be collected at its regional centers starting on Wednesday.
Concern had started growing at the delay in releasing the results, as in the past the examinations body released them in February, providing ample time for schools to enroll Lower Sixth pupils in the first term.
The delay in the release of A Level results had forced some universities such as the Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) and Midlands State University (ZIMSEC) to defer their intakes.
In a statement, Zimsec chairperson Eddie Mwenje said the results were now accessible on its website, while heads of Examination Centers would be able to collect them for their respective schools or centers from its regional offices starting on Wednesday.
“The Advanced level examination results will be accessible online to all candidates and authorised personnel with effect from today the 5th April, 2022 beginning at 18:00 hours. The results can be accessed through the Zimsec portal and will open for five days only,” he said.
Mwenje also said this year’s results were released earlier by three weeks compared to 2020 when the Covid -19 pandemic first broke out.
He said there was a 2.03 percent decrease in candidate entries, with 49 128 candidates sitting for the November 2021 examinations compared to 50 287 in November 2020.
“Of these, 48 234 wrote 2 or more subjects compared to 49 153 last year. For those who wrote two or more subjects, 40 842 obtained grade E or better. This translates to an 84.67 percent pass rate.
“In November 2020, at least 49 153 candidates wrote two or more subjects and 39 802 obtained grade E or better in two or more subjects, translating to a percentage pass rate of 80.98 percent. The national pass rate for 2021 therefore increased by 3.68 percent,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mwenje said 56 special needs candidates sat for the November 2021 Advanced Level examinations and 54 passed two or more subjects, translating to a 94.42 percentage pass rate.
The candidates were in four different categories, namely Enlarged print, braille, hearing impairment and physical impairment.
Zimbabwe last had a normal school calendar in 2019 and is expecting this year to see a return to normalcy following the decrease in new Covid-19 infections and the relaxation of most containment measures.
The examinations whose results have come out started being written in December last year and ended on January 31 this year, whereas before the pandemic they were written between October and November.