MANICALAND Province once again dominates the country’s top ten schools list with four institutions as Mashonalnd East’s Monte Cassino Secondary School retained top-spot with a stunning 100 percent pass rate.
According to schools examinations agency, Zimsec, Monte Cassino’s 82 students made a clean sweep of the 2014 exams.
In 2013, the school also recorded a 100 percent pass rate with its 83 students getting at least five passes and above.
Perched between two mountain ranges some seven kilometres South-East of Macheke, Monte Cassino is a girls-only Catholic boarding school.
The school was founded as part of the Catholic Mission at Monte Cassino in 1902 and has flourished over the years, establishing a solid reputation for academic excellence.
In 2012, the school featured in the Top 10 for both A’ and O’ levels, coming out at position 9 and 7 respectively.
According to Zimsec’s list, another girls’ school from Manicaland, Kriste Mambo, located some 60 kilometres east of Rusape, came second with a 98 percent pass rate.
Other schools from Manicaland to make the top ten list included Nyanga High at 97.2 percent coming a credible number three, St Davids Bonda’s of Mutasa (96,83) in 5th place, followed by Nyanga-based private school Knowstics Academy which recorded a 92,98 percent pass rate and is palced 10th.
Also among the top ten were St Dominics Chishawasha Secondary (96,84), Zimbabwe Republic Police (94,89), St Ignatius College (94,52), Anderson Secondary School (93,85) and Gweru’s Regina Mundi Secondary (93,48).
Commenting on last year’s results, Zimsec director Esau Nhandara said the leakages of examination papers did not appear to have impacted the performance of candidates.
“It would appear that in the English Language and Mathematics that had reports of suspected leakages in the first papers written, the performance of candidates in the papers that were re-sat was comparable to the November 2013 results,” he said.
Meanwhile, the number of students examined in the November 2014 examination session was 316,003.
Of that number, 86 308 were female school candidates and 77,545 were female private candidates. On the other hand, the total number of male school candidates was 99,999 and 52,151 were male private candidates.
“The November 2014 pass rate for school candidates was 22,38% and for private candidates was 8,47%. The performance of both school and private candidates was consistent with pass rates for 2013,” said Nhandara.
He added that the total number of candidates who sat for five subjects and above was 173,856 and that those who passed five subjects and above with a Grade C or better were 36,031.
“The overall pass rate for November 2013 was 20,72 percent, a 2,32 percent increase from November 2012 pass rate of 18,4 percent.”