87 Schools Recorded 0% Passrates In The 2019 ZIMSEC Grade 7 Exams

All the students that sat for their grade 7 examinations in 87 primary schools failed, the Sunday Mail reports. 87 school mainly in the rural areas performed badly and the ministry is said to be investigating the root cause for that.

The newly appointed Primary and Secondary Education Minister Cain Mathema commented on the issue and said:

And as a ministry, we are in the process of finding out why they failed. We want to find out from headmasters, inspectors, district education officers, from everyone who is involved in the education of our children.

We can look for someone to blame but all of us, from Government, parents, school development committees (SDCs), Members of Parliament (MPs) and teachers, have a part to play. We cannot expect our students to perform better when teachers are sharing houses, when the students are learning in mud-and-pole blocks. We have a collective responsibility to address these things.

In contrast to urban schools, the publication noted that there is a huge disparity between rural and urban schools performance when it comes to these exams.

More: The Sunday Mail

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2 comments on “87 Schools Recorded 0% Passrates In The 2019 ZIMSEC Grade 7 Exams

  1. The minister say they are investigating the cause of failure but later on gives the obvious reasons. No “investigations” needed here.

  2. On a similar note, Cain Mathema must revert to the old curriculum in some subjects and combine others.

    At O level, subjects like Heritage, Family and Religious studies can be combined into one subject to avoid unnecessary bloating of the curriculum.

    At A’ Level, we must go back to the old curriculum which emphasises both Pure and Applied Maths. Pure Maths must be compulsory. Students then have an option for the 2nd paper to choose between 100% Statistics, 100% mechanics or 50% of each of Statistoc and Mechanics.

    Another point to note, minister, is that Mechanical Maths does not exist. It’s called Mechanics. The level of big headedness of Dokora was astonishing, if not outright stupidity. Being the minister of education does not mean you know everything. You MUST still consult experts it various academic disciplines.

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