On behalf of the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council Board and Management it gives me great pleasure to advise the nation of the release of the November 2018 ZIMSEC Ordinary Level Examination results.


Candidates who sat for this examination will be able to collect their results from their respective schools/centres from Wednesday, 30 January 2019.


We are pleased to announce that, with effect from the November 2018 Ordinary Level Examinations, Candidates’ results will be distributed accessible to all Candidates and authorised personnel online through the ZIMSEC portal accessed through the following link: Instructions on how to access the Results Portal are available on the ZIMSEC Examination Portal page and the ZIMSEC website A circular to this effect has been sent out to all concerned institutions. The ZIMSEC Examination Portal can be accessed from any electronic device that supports the internet. Results on the Portal are in view only mode therefore they cannot be printed. The Results Slip which can only be collected by the candidates from their respective Examination Centres is the official document of ZIMSEC results.


You may recall that in the Press Statement on the release of the Advanced level Results on 14 January 2019, we drew the attention of the nation to the fact that the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education introduced new curricula for the Ordinary and Advanced Level candidates for the 2018 November Examinations. Consequently, today we are releasing the first Ordinary level examination results on the new curriculum.


The total number ofcandidates who sat for the November 2018 Ordinary Level examination was 239 441. This is less than the candidates who entered for the 2017 examination which was 332 473. The decrease in candidature in 2018 was by 28%. The rise in the 2017 entry was as a result a rush by candidates to write the O level examination on the old curriculum. The total number of candidates who wrote five or more subjects was 162,541 and 50,664 obtained Grade C or better in five or more subjects, yielding a 31.2 % which was higher than the 26.35% of 2017.

The performance of all candidates in high entry subjects (over 100 000 candidates) were as  follows English Language 30.14%, Mathematics 20.36%, Combined Science 27.42% , and Shona Language 56.43%. In 2017 the pass rates in these subjects were: English 30.63%, Mathematics 26.48%, Integrated Science 30.66% and Shona 28.47%.

The performance of candidates was analysed in the following categories:

  • School candidates;
  • Private candidates;
  • Female candidates;
  • Male candidates; and
  • Special Needs candidates.


School Candidates

Of the 175 116 school candidates, 148 012 wrote 5 subjects or more resulting in 48 587passing 5 or more subjects with a grade C or better. This translated to a pass rate of 32.8% as compared to 28, 69% for 2017.

Private Candidates

For private candidates, out of the 64 325 who entered for the examination 14 529 wrote five or more subjects and just 2 077passed at least 5 subjects, yielding a pass rate of 14.2%at grade C or better as compared to 12,05% for 2017

Female Candidates

The total number of female candidates was 124 140 and, of these, 83 043 wrote 5 or more subjects with 35 729 passing 5 or more subjects, thus translating to a percentage pass rate of 43,02%.The total number of female school candidates was 87003 and of these 75 020 wrote 5 or more subjects and23 918 obtained 5 or more subjects with grade C or better giving a percentage pass rate of 31,88.  There were 37137private female candidates of which8 035 wrote 5 or more subjects resulting in 1029obtaining 5 or more subjects yielding a pass rate of 12,8%.


Male Candidates

The total number of male candidates was 115 297 and of these 79 502 wrote 5 or more subjects and 25 718passed 5 or more subjects translating to a percentage pass rate of32,34. The total number of male school candidates was 88 112and 73 012wrote 5 or more subjects and 24 671passed 5 or more subjects translating to percentage pass rate of 33,79%. Male private candidates were 27185and wrote 5 or more subjects and of these 6494obtained 5 or more subjects resulting in a percentage pass rate of 16,13%.

The results show that females performed better than males. The overall pass rate for males was 32, 34% and that of females was 43, 02%.A similar trend was observed in the November 2017 examinations where male candidates performed better than females. A statistic to note is that more female candidates registered for the examination than their male counterparts.


Candidates with Special Needs

Special Needs Candidates wrote the 2018 examination in the following categories: Enlarged Print, Hard of Hearing, Braille and Physical Impairment. There were fewer candidates who wrote examinations in these categories. The pass rates in these categories were 45.45%, 0%, 9.52%, and 14.71% respectively.


On behalf of myself and the ZIMSEC Board, I wish to express my deep gratitude to schools, setters of question paper items, markers, and our candidates for the professional approach that was taken in the November 2018 Ordinary Level examination processes. I wish to further mention ZIMSEC Management and staff and our Honourable Minister, Professor P. V. Mavima and his team in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, for the tremendous support we received during this examination.


Finally, the ZIMSEC Board and Management take this opportunity to wish all our clients, the candidates, the best in their future studies and endeavours.


I thank you.

Professor E. Mwenje


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