Dokora challenges private schools

HARARE - Government has urged private schools to improve on the quality of their education to match the steep school fees they charge.

Addressing a press conference on the release of Ordinary and Advanced level results for June examinations yesterday, Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora (pictured) said most pupils who sat for June examinations came from private schools.

“As usual, our records have shown that the majority of the candidates who undertake June examinations are private candidates. We therefore urge independent college proprietors to continue to improve tuition so that value for money is realised by learners,” Dokora said.

Dokora noted that the June examinations did not report any cases of examination malpractices or leakages owing to improved security systems.

According to the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) results analysis, 65 3870 candidates registered and sat for between one to nine subjects for “O” Level compared to 81 083 in 2015.

The analysis also showed that 668 candidates sat for five subjects and 311 passed with a Grade C or better, giving a pass rate of 46,56 percent.

The number of private candidates who sat for five or more subjects was 1 723 of which 168 passed with Grade C or better translating into a 9,75 percent pass rate.

“The Advanced Level examinations had a total number of 4 007 candidates compared to 4 086 in June 2015. 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 analysis showed.

It indicated that a 84,13 percent pass rate was recorded for pupils who sat for two or more subjects compared to 60,8 percent for private candidates.

Comments (2)

What do you say of gvt schools like churchill who are charging as much as $250.00 for bus levy cde minister

Sifiso - 1 September 2016

A shallow conclusion private student does not imply from private school. Schools register weak students as private minister all this is done to improve the pass rate.

fuman - 2 September 2016

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