The Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (ZIMSEC) has released results for November 2020 Advance level examinations.
ZIMSEC announced the development in a statement released on Thursday.
In the statement, the examination board said the release of the results which are usually out by February was delayed amid strikes over allowances by markers and the raging Covid-19 pandemic.
“It is important to remind the nation that the delays in the writing, marking, publication were as a result of mitigation measures put in place to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.”
According to Zimlive, 42,231 school candidates sat for the November exams, and of that number, 41,691 sat two or more subjects and 34,597 passed, representing an 83 percent pass rate.
8,056 private candidates also sat for the November Advanced level exams, 7,462 were examined in two or more subjects and 5,205 were graded E or better in two or more subjects for a 69.8 percent pass rate.
ZIMSEC revealed that the pass rate declined by 2.1 percent from the previous year with the decline being attributed to the outbreak of the coronavirus which disrupted learning.
ZIMSEC board chairman Professor Eddie Mwenje said even though 2020 candidates wrote their exams under unprecedented conditions that were induced by the Covid-19 pandemic, their performance, though lower than 2019, was commendable.
Professor Mwenje said school heads can start collecting results from their regional offices on Friday the 23rd of April 2021.
He added that students can also access their results online on the ZIMSEC portal www.zimsec.co.zw. He said the portal will be open for five days only.
Meanwhile, ZIMSEC recently scrapped the traditional June final exams this year for both Ordinary Level and Advanced Level citing disruptions to the school calendar.