Harare (New Ziana)-The Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (ZIMSEC) announced on Tuesday that Grade Seven results are now out and can be collected at its regional centres starting on Thursday.
Grade 7 learners finished writing the ZIMSEC examinations in October this year and have since been attending classes and taking part in the Life Orientation syllabus.
In a statement, Zimsec chairperson Eddie Mwenje said the results would be accessible on its website to all candidates starting Wednesday.
“Heads of Examination Centres will be able to collect them for their respective schools or centres from the ZIMSEC regional offices starting on Thursday,” he said.
Mwenje said a total of 343 169 candidates sat for the Grade 7 examinations as compared to 325 573 candidates who wrote in 2021, an increase 17 596 candidates.
He said there was a slight decline in the pass rate compared to last year.
“The 2022 Grade 7 examination session recorded a national pass rate of 40.09 percent. This is a slight decrease of 1.04 percent in candidates’ performance from last year’s pass rate of 41.13 percent,” he said.
According to the Grade 7 results, female candidates out-performed their male counterparts with a 43.66 percent pass rate compared 36.22 percent for their counterparts.
“Out of the 343 169 candidates who sat for the 2022 Grade 7 examinations, 177 466 were females while 165 703 were males,” said Mwenje.
Indigenous languages recorded a higher pass rate when compared to other subjects, the same case as with the 2019, 2020 and 2021 examinations.
Meanwhile, Mwenje said 323 special needs candidates sat for the Grade 7 examinations and their pass rate was lower compared to the previous year.
“A total of 323 candidates with special needs sat for a range of subjects from 5 to 6. Of these, 208 wrote 6 subjects while 91 candidates with hard-of-hearing sat for 5 subjects.
“The pass rate for special needs candidates in 2022 was 30.43 percent as compared to 54.88 percent recorded in 2021,” he said.