The Zimbabwe School Examination Council (ZIMSEC) released the 2020 Ordinary Level results and the pass rate went down by 6,8 percent as compared to 2019 results.
A total of 184 249 candidates sat for five or more subjects and about 45 644 passed five or more subjects with a grade C or better giving an overall pass rate of 24,8 percent.
Covid -19 has been reported to be the cause of the significant drop for candidates who sat for the exams last year.
Schools were closed due to the lockdown regulations enforced by the government in order to curb the spread of Covid-19 and it disrupted pupils as their learning period was reduced.
Zimsec reported that school heads were to start collecting results from their regional offices yesterday and the results are also accessible online since 10pm last night.
In a statement, yesterday, Zimsec chairperson Professor Eddie Mwenje reported that the portal will be open for five days and advised students to click and have access to their results.
”The results will be accessible online to candidates who sat for the examinations as well as to authorised personnel through the Zimsec portal available as from 10pm today,” He said.
Prof Mwenje reported that despite the decrease, the pass rate was still in range based on a historical analysis.
He added that in analysing the pass rate, members of the public should consider the devastating impact of the Covid -19 pandemic.