Manicaland ‘A’ level pupils excel despite Cyclone Idai disturbances

By ZBC Reporter
Manicaland Province defied the Cyclone Idai disturbances witnessed early last year in March as it recorded over 250 pupils who obtained 15 points in the recently released November 2019 Zimbabwe Schools Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) results. Knowstics Academy in Mutasa District and St Faiths in Makoni District had the highest number with 37 apiece, followed by St Augustines also in Mutasa with 35. Kriste Mambo in Makoni recorded 28 students with 15 points, Bonda High and Nyanga High with 19 and 10 respectively.
With a total of 259, the result is a positive mark as compared to the prior year’s result of 207. Chipinge and Chimanimani schools combined had 15 candidates with 15 points, a result described by Chipinge District Schools Inspector, Richard Gabaza as fairly well reflecting the traumatic experiences encountered by students during the Cyclone Idai disaster. Gabaza said they are still compiling a detailed analysis of the district but expressed confidence that the result surpassed that recorded in the previous sitting.
THE 2019 Zimbabwe school examination council (ZIMSEC) Advanced Level were released this Tuesday. Speaking at a media briefing in Harare this Tuesday, Zimsec Board Chairperson, Professor Eddie Mwenje said an 83,1 percent pass rate was recorded, which is an increase of one coma two percent compared to the previous year.
Cyclone Idai caused catastrophic damage in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. Zimbabwe recorded some 299 deaths and 300 people missing in Cyclone Idai. It is estimated that 250,000 people were affected by the floods in nine districts in the southeastern regions of Zimbabwe, with Chimanimani and Chipinge being the most affected. Among them, about 48 percent are under 18 years,