The Sunday Mail
Sunday Mail Reporter
THE Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education will soon launch an investigation to establish causes of the zero percent pass rates in some schools, especially in rural areas.
A number of schools recorded zero percent pass rates in the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council Ordinary Level November 2023 exams, although the overall pass rate increased by 4,3 percent compared to the previous year.
Responding to questions raised by legislators in the National Assembly last week, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Torerayi Moyo said: “Honourable Speaker, what we are doing as a ministry is to look at those schools that continually have a zero percent pass rate. We have a raft of measures. We want to carry out research studies to establish the causes of zero percent pass rates, whether it is a culmination of shortages of teaching or learning materials in those schools.
“We have seen, Hon Speaker, that a zero percent pass rate is usually scored by schools in the rural areas as there are serious disparities between urban and rural schools.”
The Government, he said, will actively promote information and communication technology, and online learning in rural areas.
“We are going to embrace a server which will be accessible even in rural areas without the use of internet or Wi-Fi. That server will be deployed to the administration block and any learner within a radius of 100 to 200 metres will have access to that server where teachers can upload learning materials . . . even notes can be uploaded to that. Assignments can also be uploaded . . .
“So, this is one of the ways of ensuring that we reduce the failure rate, especially in schools that are getting a zero percent pass rate.”
Minister Moyo said most zero percent pass rates were emanating from satellite schools that are not registered as exam centres.
“It is true that our satellite schools are some of the schools where there is a zero percent pass rate.
“They write their examinations at other schools. We have a list of 259 schools . . . that are now close to being registered. We are giving out US$5 000, and before the end of this term, we are expecting that these schools will get this money and complete the necessary infrastructure so that the examination rooms will be secure.
“We are hoping that by April this year, those 259 schools will have been registered and not considered as satellite schools,” he said.