Grade 7 Results 2022 Statistics
The results for the Grade Seven examinations conducted by the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) were released on 30 November, with a pass rate of 40.09 percent.
Girls vs Boys’ Performance
Although the pass rate is marginally lower than last year’s 41.13 percent, girls outperformed boys with a pass rate of 43.66 percent compared to 36.22 percent for boys. While the reasons for the slight decline are yet to be determined, it could be attributed to the need for schools and students to adjust to the new continuous assessment program. Additionally, there were more students taking the exam this year, which could have affected the results.
Speaking in Harare, Zimsec board chair Professor Eddie Mwenje stated that the slight drop in pass rates was unexpected given that there were fewer disruptions this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, he did not consider the minor fluctuation significant. The reasons for the decline are difficult to establish without a deep analysis of the results, which is usually carried out to advise the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education on certain aspects.
Zimsec director Dr Lazarus Nembaware stated that one of the factors affecting the results could be the continuous assessment learning activity (CALA). Continuous assessment requires pupils to be consistent throughout the year, which means working steadily throughout the year, rather than just cramming at the last moment.
How Many Students Sat For The 2022 Exams
Zimsec recorded a higher number of candidates writing the exam than last year. Out of the 343,169 candidates who sat for the 2022 Grade Seven exams, 177,466 were female, while 165,703 were male.
Students With Special Needs
Additionally, 323 candidates with special needs sat for a range of subjects from 5 to 6. The pass rate for the special needs candidates was 30.43 percent, compared to 54.88 percent recorded in 2021.
[Source: The Herald]