Bulawayo – The Grade 7 pass rate for November 2022 dropped by 1.04 per cent to 343,169 from 325,573, according to the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC). .
The results were released on Wednesday to give parents enough time to secure Form 1 seats for their children.
“The 2022 examination writing session has been reinstated to the traditional time of October after the lifting of the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions that have disrupted the school calendar for the past two years,” SIMSEC board chairman Professor Eddie Mwenje said.
He noted that 40.09 percent of students who appeared for the exam passed, down from 41.13 percent last year, adding that 17,596 students appeared for the exam.
Of the 343,169 candidates who appeared for the exam, 177,466 were female and 165,703 were male. The pass rate for female candidates is 43.66 percent and that of male candidates is 36.22 percent. The results show that women candidates have fared better than their male counterparts,” he observed.
Vernacular languages recorded a higher pass percentage compared to all other subjects and this was the case in the previous three sittings.
The pass rate of the special-needs has dropped from 55 per cent to 30 per cent this year.
323 candidates with special needs appeared in subjects 5 to 6. Out of this 208 candidates wrote 6 subjects while 91 hearing impaired candidates wrote 5 subjects. “The pass rate for special needs students is 30.43 per cent in 2022 as compared to 54.88 per cent recorded in 2021,” he said.