FULL TEXT: November 2020 A’ Level Results Out

The Zimbabwe School Examinations Council this Thursday released the results of the 2020 November Advanced Level (A’ Level) examinations. We present below ZIMSEC’s statement in full. 

Introduction 

The Zimbabwe School Examinations Council Board and Management are pleased to inform the nation of the release of the results of the ZIMSEC Advanced Level! examinations that were written from December 2020 to January 2021. Heads of Examination Centres will be able to collect the results for their respective schools/centres from the ZIMSEC Regional Offices starting Friday, 23 April 2021. The results will also be accessible online to candidates who sat for the examinations as well as to authorized personnel through the ZIMSEC portal available at www.zimsec.co.zw in the morning of Friday, 23 April 2021. Candidates are advised to click on their respective region where they will be redirected to the portal on which they can access their results. Please take note that this portal will be open for 5 days only.

It is important to remind the nation that the delays in the writing, marking and publication of the results was as a result of the mitigatory measures that were put in place to contain the spread of the corona virus. ZIMSEC wishes to thankfully recognize the support rendered by the Ministries of Primary and Secondary Education; Health and Child Care; examiners and parents towards the entire process of the conduct and marking of the examinations.

Candidate Entry 

The total number of candidates who sat for the November 2020 examinations was 50 287 compared to 51 862 in 2019. This entry decreased by 3%.

Candidate Performance

The number of candidates that wrote two or more subjects in the November 2020 examinations was 49 153. Out of this number 39 802 obtained Grade E or better in two or more subjects, translating to 81% pass rate. In November 2019, however, 50 774 wrote two or more subjects and 42 169 obtained Grade E or better in two or more subjects translating to a pass rate of 83,1%. This shows a national percentage decrease of 2,1 in the 2020 pass rate. The percentage pass rate in the examinations on the Competency-Based Curriculum of 2018, 2019 and 2020 was 81,9; 83,1 and 81 respectively.

The total number of school candidates in the November 2020 was 42 231 as compared to 42 543 in November 2019. Of this number, 41 691 wrote two or more subjects and 34 597 obtained Grade E or better in two or more subjects, yielding a percentage pass rate of 83%, whereas in November 2019, the total number of school candidates was 42 543. Of this number, 42 157 wrote two or more subjects, with 36 515 obtaining Grade E or better in two or more subjects, thus yielding a pass rate of 86,6%.

In November 2020, the total number of private candidates was 8 056. Of this number, 7 462 wrote two or more subjects and 5 205 obtained a Grade E or better in two or more subjects, which translated to a percentage pass rate of 69,8,while in November 2019, the total number of private candidates was 9 319. Out of this number, 8 617 wrote two or more subjects and 5 654 obtained a Grade E or better in two or more subjects, which also translates to a percentage pass rate of 65,6%. It is important to note that the performance of the November 2020 private candidates was better than that of the same cohort of 2019 by 4,2% while that of school candidates went down by 3,6%.

The total number of special needs candidates who sat for the November 2020 Advanced level examinations was 37. This number shows a drop from the 55 that sat for the examinations in 2019. The November 2020 examination candidates were in 4 different categories namely; Enlarged Print, Braille, Hard of Hearing and Physical Impairment.

Conclusion It is important for ZIMSEC to acknowledge that the 2020 candidates wrote the examinations under unprecedented conditions that were induced by the COVID 19 pandemic, yet their performance, though lower than that of 2019, is commendable.

We would like to extend our gratitude to all those who were involved in the November 2020 examination processes. Special mention goes to the school administrators, teachers, ZIMSEC and Ministry staff for their hard work and dedication in making the examinations a success.

ZIMSEC hereby takes this opportunity to wish all the candidates the best of luck in their future studies and endeavours.

 

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