The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council is pleased to announce the release of the November 2017 Advanced Level examination results. We would like to commend all centre heads for running this examination session with integrity and due diligence. Candidates who sat for this examination will be able to collect the results from their respective school, centres on Thursday 18 January 2018.
The total number of candidates who sat for the November 2017 A’ level Examination was 49 494 compared to 41 549 in November 2016 reflecting an increase by 7 945, which translates to an increase of 19.12%. In 2017, the number of candidates who obtained Grade E or better in one or more subjects was 46 387. This translates to 93.7% pass rate, which is comparable to 2016 which had 38 924 candidates who obtained a grade E or better in one or more subjects translating to 93.7% pass rate.
For purposes of reporting and in keeping with the traditional reporting format, there are two distinct categories of candidates with different pass rates i.e. school candidates and private candidates. Private candidates are those who are not registered into a formal school education system but sit for the examinations. School candidates are defined as students who attend classes and/or are tutored by a teacher until the sitting of the examination.
The number of school candidates for the November 2017 was 40 394. Of these, 40 078 wrote two or more subjects and 34 691 obtained Grade E or better in two or more subjects, yielding an 86.6% pass rate.
The number of private candidates for the November 2017 was 9 100. Of these, 8 212 wrote two or more subjects and 5 183 obtained a Grade E or better in two or more subjects, which also translates to a percentage pass rate of 63.1%.
The total number of special needs candidates who sat for the November 2017, A’ level examinations was 29. Of these, 20 were visually handicapped (Braille) while 9 received Enlarged Print. Specialised materials were provided in each instance. History and Geography seemed to be the most popular subjects among the Enlarged print candidates. Candidates in these two categories also performed well in Divinity. Science teaming areas arc not easily accessible to Braille candidates.
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