THE June Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) O-Level and A-Level results are out and will be ready for collection today.
The candidature for the A-level examinations has decreased by 19, 37 percent.
Zimsec director Mr Esau Nhandara yesterday said he was proud that the results were released simultaneously, adding that they are being sent to Zimsec regional offices for collection by the examination centre heads.
“We look forward to the usual smooth and expeditious collection of the results. Candidates who sat for these examinations will be able to collect their results from their respective schools and centres starting Thursday 18 August 2016,” said Mr Nhandara.
He said a total number of 65 380 candidates sat for the O-Level examinations for a range of subjects from one to nine per candidate. “The number of candidates decreased from 81 083 this year to 65 380 last year. Of the 65 380 candidates, 130 were candidates with special needs. The total candidature, however decreased by 15 703 which is 19,37 percent from the previous year.
“The number of school candidates was 8 974 and for private candidates it was 56 406,” said Mr Nhandara.
He added that the number of candidates who sat for five or more subjects was 2 391 which is 3,6 percent of the total candidature of 65 380.
“The remainder, 62 989 (96,3) percent sat for four or fewer subjects.
He said the total number of candidates who sat for five subjects or more were 668 and of these 311 passed with grade C or better, giving a percentage of 46,56 percent.
“The private candidates who sat for five subjects or more were 1 723 and of these 168 passed with Grade C or better, giving a percentage pass rate of 9,75 percent,” said Mr Nhandara.
For the A-Level results, Mr Nhandara said a total number of 4 007 candidates sat for the examinations compared to 4 086 in June last year, a decrease of 1,9 percent.
“The total number of candidates who sat for two or more subjects was 1 844 which is 46 percent of the total candidature of 4 007. The percentage pass rate for school candidates who wrote two or more subjects is 84,13 percent and 60,8 percent for private candidates”.
Mr Nhandara commended the examiners and all Zimsec staff who worked tirelessly throughout the setting, marking and results processing up to the analysis of the results.
The June examinations are meant to provide an opportunity to candidates who need to make good on their previous efforts and complete a full certificate with five subjects at Grade C or better.
A few good candidates who feel confident enough to take some of their subjects before the October and November session also register for the June examinations.