The Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec) website crashed on Wednesday, after failing to handle a huge spike in traffic generated through endless online queries by Ordinary Level students who are trying to access their November 2018 results released on Tuesday. In a statement released on Tuesday, ZIMSEC said:
We are pleased to announce that, beginning with the November 2018 Ordinary Level Examinations. results will be accessible to Candidates and authorised personnel online. This will be done through the ZIMSEC website: www.zimsec.co.zw.
Instructions on how to access the Results Panel are available on the ZIMSEC Examination Portal page. A circular to this effect has been sent out to all concerned institutions. The ZIMSEC Examination Panel can be accessed from any electronic device that supports the Internet.
Results on the Portal arc in view only mode, therefore, they cannot be printed. The Results Slip which can only be collected by the candidates from their respective Examination Centres is the official document of ZIMSEC results.
However, candidates trying to check their results on the ZIMSEC website on Wednesday were welcomed by an error message that read:
The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.
The November 2018 Ordinary Level exams were the first to be written under the controversial new curriculum introduced by former Minister of Education Lazarus Dokora in 2016. A ZimLive.com report summarised the 2018 pass rate and those preceeding:
November 2018: 32.83 per cent
November 2017: 28.7 per cent
November 2016: 27.92 per cent
November 2015: 27.86 per cent
November 2014: 22.38 per cent
November 2013: 20.72 per cent
November 2012: 18.4 per cent
November 2011: 19.50 per cent
November 2010: 16.5 per cent
November 2009: 19.33 per cent
November 2008: 14.44 per cent