By Fungai Jachi
THE grade seven results released this Friday have been described as a reflection of hard work after a four percent increase in the pass rate despite the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although the school calendar was affected by the COVID-19 induced lockdown in 2020 and 2021, forcing learners to rely on online learning, the end results are impressive with a four percent increase in the pass rate as compared to last year.
“The 2021 Grade 7 examination session recorded a national pass rate of 41.13 percent. This is an increase of 4.02 percent in candidates performance from last year’s pass rate of 37.11 per cent,” said ZIMSEC Board Chairperson Professor Eddie Mwenje.
Indigenous languages also recorded a higher pass rate compared to all other subjects as was the case in the last two years.
There was also a general improvement by special needs candidates with those with hard of hearing recording 23.13 percent pass rate, up from 11.43 percent.
Enlarged print candidates recorded a 53.84 pass rate as compared to 43.86 percent in 2020, while there was a 32.5 percent pass rate among those with disabilities as compared to 13.5 percent in 2020.
Meanwhile, government has announced that it will be recruiting about 1 000 teachers this year as it seeks to reduce the teacher – student ratio.
The development was confirmed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Ms Thamsang Thabelo in Harare this Friday.